WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – The Department of Transportation prepared roads early ahead of possible winter weather this week.
Jason Dunigan, the DOT’s Wake County Maintenance Engineer, said he made the decision to begin the brining process Sunday, even though the weather isn’t expected until mid-week, and he’ll have to pay his crews overtime. They’ve covered interstates, primary roads, and all of the area’s big trouble spots.
“It takes me two and a half days during the week with rush hour traffic to spray everything,” Dunigan said. “Sunday helped out because I didn’t have to worry about traffic and we could spray later.”
By noon Monday, crews put down around 144,000 gallons of brine. At a cost of seven cents a gallon, that amount of brine totaled around $10,000.
Chapel Hill officials said they “decided not to apply any brine since the rain is likely to render it ineffective,” a news release said.
Dunigan said his biggest concerns ahead of the possible snow are bridges that could ice over, as well as black ice. He cautioned drivers to use common sense when driving this week, and to give his trucks space if you are near one that’s actively working.
“Stay away from them – give them room. If he can’t see you then you’re asking for an accident, so just give them room.”