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2/13/2014: NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

NCDOT Warns about the Dangers of Black Ice

Posted 2/13/2014 8:47:09 PM

NCDOT crews warn motorists traveling overnight into Friday morning about the dangers of black ice. With sub-freezing temperatures, any snow or ice that melted Thursday could refreeze, creating slick and potentially dangerous driving conditions. The department advises motorists to stay home and avoid the roads. But, if you must get out and about, please you extreme caution, especially on bridges and overpasses. The video below explains what black ice is, how it forms and why it can be treacherous for drivers. NCDOT advises motorists who must travel in areas with black ice to go slow and leave plenty of distance between your car and the car in front of you. And, of course, always wear your seat belt. For real-time information anytime about road conditions, call 511, visit our travel webpage or follow one of our many Twitter feeds. You can also "know before you go" with NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the NCDOT website. Just type "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser to access it.
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4/14/2013: Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Alligator River Bridge Reopening Delayed

Posted 4/14/2013 12:13:56 AM

RALEIGH — The opening of the U.S. 64 swing bridge over the Alligator River scheduled for today will be delayed. A key part used to keep the bridge closed and support the weight of the vehicles called a wedge guide broke during repairs. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working to find replacement parts. However, the part may have to be custom made if a replacement is not located, which may delay the reopening for a couple of days. NCDOT will provide more information as soon as it's available. During the closure, motorists traveling from Columbia should use the following signed detour: N.C. 94 South to U.S. 264 East to U.S. 64 Motorists traveling from Dare County should use the following signed detour: U.S. 264 West to N.C. 94 North to U.S. 64 For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones. Editor’s Note: Click here for an up-close look at the rehabilitation work. The project webpage also offers more information about the work.   ***NCDOT***
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12/16/2010: THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

THE ORDER: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather

Posted 12/16/2010 11:42:38 AM

RALEIGH — Interstates, four-lane primary roads and other routes considered to be essential to the movement of intrastate traffic, are top priorities when it comes to winter weather treatment. The state is divided up into 14 divisions. Officials from each division evaluate roads and prioritize anti-icing and de-icing. If the temperature is around 32 degrees and frozen precipitation is in the forecast, NCDOT pretreats its roads. The decision to pretreat roads is made 24 to 48 hours in advance of a winter storm. NCDOT typically uses salt brine, a solution of water and salt, to treat its roads. Salt brine is a cost-effective way to keep roads safe, costing about 13 cents per gallon to manufacture. Salt brine can only be applied to the road when it is not raining because the moisture will dilute the solution and wash it off the road. Salt brine can used to pretreat roads in temperatures as low as 18 degrees. For the latest road and weather updates, visit NCDOT’s Traffic Management Information System (TIMS), follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, call 511 or use NCDOT Mobile by typing "m.ncdot.gov" into your smartphone browser. ***NCDOT***
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3/3/2014: TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

TIMS Lets Motorists Check Road, Weather Conditions

Posted 3/3/2014 10:04:16 AM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Management System (TIMS) lets commuters check road and weather conditions in real-time from their computers and smartphones any time, anywhere. The goal of TIMS is to help drivers “know before you go.” TIMS lets users search conditions by region, route and county. TIMS also offers live traffic cameras that show real-time images, and gives up-to-the-minute updates on incidents and adverse weather. Visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims to get started. Select a region, route or county from the drop-down menus provided. The user will then have access to two tabs — incidents and adverse weather — and sometimes a third, traffic, depending on the area.
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Under the incident tab, there are three columns. The description column explains what the situation is. Descriptions include maintenance, construction, traffic and accidents. Click on the description link for details on where the incident is, the reason for the incident and a timetable of when the incident will be completed. The road column tells where the incident is taking place. The location column gives the specific mile marker and nearby roads so users can pinpoint the area they need to avoid.
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Under the adverse weather tab, there are five columns — county, interstates, routes, secondary roads and secondary unpaved roads. These tabs explain what the weather condition is like in the selected area. For example, users can find out if the roads and highways are covered with snow and ice, or clear of inclement weather.
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In some areas, the traffic tab is available. This shows the user a map of the area and where traffic cameras are located. A user can click on a traffic camera to get a live look at the road. NCDOT uses TIMS to update its many Twitter feeds. ***NCDOT***
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1/28/2014: Live Traffic Cameras Show Real-Time Road Conditions as Winter Storm Impacts North Carolina

Live Traffic Cameras Show Real-Time Road Conditions as Winter Storm Impacts North Carolina

Posted 1/28/2014 8:55:22 PM

RALEIGH — Residents and visitors can see firsthand how the winter snow and ice storm is affecting North Carolina roads and bridges by using the live traffic camera feature on the Traffic Information Management System (TIMS) page of the NCDOT website. NCDOT has live traffic cameras set up across the state in and around major metropolitan areas, as well as along the coast, to give motorists a look at updated weather and road conditions. This brief tutorial shows how you can access and use those live traffic cameras to "know before you go" about your commute. Use TIMS to stay updated on all the latest traffic and road conditions before, during and after the winter storm strikes.Some cameras may not be operational if the storm knocks out power and connections to the network. For additional real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit our travel website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones. ***NCDOT***
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