While the sun is out and the snow is melting, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is still working 12 hour shifts. Clearing streets across multiple counties.
While highways and well traveled roads are clear, some neighborhoods still have ice and snow on the roads.
A few inches of snow can pile up fast and takes even longer to melt, especially when it stands as tall as a person.
Kathleen Richardson is a teacher, so a day off from school for her daughter means a day out of the classroom for her too. After being stuck in the house since Saturday, it was time to get out. Kathleen says, “we’re lucky that we all like each other so there hasn’t been any fighting.”
Although Kathleen is off work, NCDOT workers are not, they’re working 12 hour shifts to make sure roads are okay for drivers.
DOT officials say most primary roads are clear, but for a lot of people who live in neighborhoods, that’s not the issue. It’s hard for them to get out of their driveways and these roads aren’t state maintained.”
The primary focus for DOT crews today are neighborhoods.
David Uchiyama is with the North Carolina DOT, he says,” most secondary
roads have had at least one passing and if not DOT crews are getting to those secondary roads.”
While Kathleen’s street was cleaned by her subdivision, her driveway was not. Kathleen says, “There’s a ice pack at the bottom,it’s a heavy thick snow kinda have to cut away at it.”
It makes here appreciate all the work DOT workers have to do when it snows.
North Carolina DOT has a lot of experience when it comes to keeping roads free of ice and safe during a snowfall.
The unexpected factor during this snowfall, more than 1000 trees fell because of all the snow and ice, which delayed some of their progress.