Staying safe on icy roads
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:20:00 GMT —
Our crews traveling into work on the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee passed on some practical information that will help you stay safe on the roads as you head out today.
The main highways have been well treated by crews from the Department of Transportation and municipalities, but there are still serious danger zones.
The biggest problem is that you can't see the ice until you're on it. There are areas where the roads are clear and dry, but the areas that aren't come up quickly. Travel slowly - even if you feel you don't have to.
The worst areas - even on main highways - are bridges, underneath overpasses, and in medians and intersections.
Under the overpasses, the sun didn't dry up any of the slush, so it has refrozen overnight. Medians are slick because they aren't well traveled and slush has built up in them and refrozen.
The same can be said for intersections where a buildup of frozen slush sits along gutters and the edges of the lanes. This build up also makes it particularly dangerous to change lanes because you'll have to pass over the icy build up.
Highway Patrol responded to 331 incidents overnight, including collisions, assisting drivers and traffic hazards.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports as of 4 a.m. Thursday, most state roads are dry (normal) condition.
Secondary roads, though, are a different story and travel on them should be avoided if at all possible. 5 of the 7 Engineering Districts across the state are still working on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials.
Here's a look at DOT's battle against the ice by the numbers.
558 Maintenance employees actively involved in road operations
Tons of salt used
Tons of sand used
8 Gallons of calcium chloride used
Gallons of salt brine used
Equipment in use