GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — From I-85 in Gaston County to I-77 in Iredell County, you’ll see that salt and water mix known as brine all over the pavement as officials prepare for possible winter weather.
“We’re concerned about ice, especially bridges and overpasses, so we just want to be proactive and try to get that material out there,” says Jen Thompson with the NC Department of Transportation.
NC DOT worked all day to try and wrap up brining operations before rush hour Thursday night to prepare for rush hour Friday morning.
Crews are laying down brine on the interstates and other major roads in Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties
“This is not an all hands on deck full blown operation, really we’re taking precaution on our interstates and a lot of the primary, divided roads,” Thompson said.
Cities like Gastonia are preparing too, testing out their snow plows, sand spreaders and brine tanks to make sure all of the equipment is working. They haven’t yet put the equipment to use.
“From what we’re seeing now are going to be up above freezing and of course the road temperatures are up above that so we’re opting to not put brine down at this time,” said Dale Denton with the city.
FOX 46 asked about Mecklenburg County and NC DOT says they didn’t do brine on the interstates there tonight because if rain comes overnight, it will just wash the material off the road. They’re waiting until the day tomorrow and make any decisions in preparation for tomorrow night.