Road crews brace for winter blast

The city of Charlotte began preparing roads with salt brine and calcium chloride Sunday and has continued through Monday afternoon in preparation for a possible ice storm Monday evening.

The Department of Transportation currently has 32 trucks and 64 employees working to treat roads. The city and the N.C. Department of Transportation have prioritized main roads and highways, along with bridges and entrances to hospitals.

If snow or ice falls, the city and state will return to place salt on the streets. The city said in a news release Monday that its crews will work 12-hour shifts, possibly through Wednesday.

The city has a snow and ice removal plan, which laws out priority areas for clearing streets.

For instance, priority goes to thoroughfares such as Park Road; Rozelles Ferry Road; Billy Graham Parkway and Josh Birmingham Parkway; Tuckaseegee Road; Randolph Road; and Central Avenue.

In the hours after the storm passes, the city’s plans call for crews to remove snow and ice from more streets, eventually working their way down to main streets or roads inside neighborhoods.

Residents who see ice on roads can call CharMeck 311.

The state highway department said it has nearly 1,300 workers and nearly 500 trucks distributing more than 1.3 million gallons of salt brine across the state.