Highway Patrol, Charlotte DOT prepare for road trouble as temperatures drop Friday night

DOT crews working on roads as temperatures drop

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - While many of the counties in the North Carolina foothills and mountains saw snow Friday, residents in the city of Charlotte were lucky if they spotted a few flakes.

Despite a lack of snow, the winter storm system did bring a lot of rain to the Charlotte metro area.

According to WBTV’s First Alert Weather Team, concerns for icy roads will mainly be confined to the mountains and foothills Friday night, but some icy spots will be possible across the Piedmont.

Charlie Jones, deputy street superintendent for the City of Charlotte, said crews spent Friday afternoon salting bridges across the city.

Jones said there are approximately 260 bridges and culverts his department is responsible for and those will be the areas of concern overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

“The air under there is cool so these elevated bridges can, you know, get pretty dicey sometimes with ice and other issues,” said Jones as he referenced a bridge along Randolph Road in south Charlotte.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol also adjusted operations in preparation for winter weather Friday. More staffing was made available, according to Trooper Ray Pierce.

He said there had been no major issues on the highways and interstates in Charlotte during the first part of the day Friday.

“We’ll keep cars circulating on the interstate. That way if someone would have vehicle trouble, stalled vehicle, whatever the case may be, we’ll keep the interstates and the main thoroughfares monitored to where that person, if they do break down, is not out there for an extended period of time,” said Pierce.

He said I-485 is usually the biggest problem when it comes to weather-related wrecks in the Charlotte area. He advised drivers to increase their following distance and slow down.

Pierce said anyone in need of assistance on the roads can dial *47 to request assistance from a state trooper.

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