SCDOT prepping major roadways for winter storm

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Crews with the South Carolina Department of Transportation have started pre-treating major roadways throughout the state in preparation for the impending winter storm.

Officials say crews will be working around the clock on 12-hour shifts until the roads are clear. If necessary, equipment and personnel will be moved around the state to areas where need is critical.

According to a release, 1,583 maintenance employees will be available during the winter storm, with 77 tons of salt and 98 tons of sand available for use. There is also 17,885 gallons of calcium chloride and 154,150 gallons of salt brine available to help keep the roads clear.

Officials say Engineering District 6, which includes Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Jasper Counties, have mounted plows and loaded materials in preparation for the storm.

Routes will be cleared beginning with interstates, followed by primary US and SC designated routes, and finally secondary routes.

On Monday, crews worked to break up the salt that is being stored at a facility in North Charleston.

James Law, a SCDOT spokesperson says it is enough salt to be used in six counties across the Lowcountry. Law says more salt can be quickly brought in if more is needed.

Law says crews will only salt major bridges because it is a big concern for safety. Secondary roads will be salted only if conditions call for it.

Law said, "We got a full staff, everybody's working until the job gets done."

SCDOT is providing updates on the condition of SC roadways. Click here for updates.

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