SCDOT Crews Getting Ready to Treat Roads, Bridges

January 2, 2018, 7:09 pm EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-TV) — Snow makes for dangerous driving conditions everywhere, but that goes double for the Lowcountry where snow isn’t terribly common.

The Department of Transportation isn’t taking any chances and is getting ready right now to prepare the roads and bridges for Wednesday’s winter weather.

At SCDOT’s location in North Charleston sits tons of salt and by daylight, all of it will be spread around our roadways.

Crews have been working all day filling up dump trucks with mounds of the salt. They have even called in workers from all across the state to the Lowcountry where they are now working in 12-hour shifts, salting roads and identifying potential hazards.

James Law, a spokesperson for the agency says it is very likely bridges will be closed at some point Wednesday.

However, he says that call is ultimately made by law enforcement.

He says bridges are the biggest risk and those will be treated with chemical brine first.

“The brine solution is what we will spray on them first and that allows lowers the temperatures so the bridges will freeze from 32 degrees to around 27 degrees. It just slows down that process, it doesn’t stop it from happening.”

Law says crews will not be using any sand on the major bridges – only salt. He says sand clogs up the drainage systems on most bridges. He added the Lowcountry has about 1,200 bridges in the area so they have a lot of work cut out for them.

Officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads tomorrow if possible. But if you do have to go out drive slow and be on the lookout for workers .

There will be more DOT crews and law enforcement officers out on the roads that normal.