The NC DOT isn't taking any chances, with the possibility of ice forming on the roads in the Foothills and counties west of Charlotte over the weekend.
On Saturday they'll be putting brine down on bridges and overpasses on highways in Gaston, Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell and Lincoln Counties to prepare for the possibility of winter weather. Their work will focus on U.S. 74, U.S. 321, N.C. 16 and other “high-volume highways.”
NC DOT says the cost to treat one lane for one mile more than doubles when they use rock salt post-storm compared with brine before the storm hits. DOT spokesperson Jordan-Ashley Walker said, “We do try to take advantage of that opportunity to brine, because it is more cost-effective than to treat a road after the fact with rock salt.”
Crews did not put down brine on Friday because the rain would have washed it away.