FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 23, 2016
Contact: Linda Durrett, CDOT Communications/PR Manager
CDOT Media Line: 704-432-1373
Charlotte, NC-The Charlotte Department of Transportation's priority is clearing uptown streets and sidewalks. Five crews (three contracted, two City Landscape Management) are working in the area around the Bank of America Stadium in addition to CDOT Street Maintenance crews. This is in anticipation of heavy pedestrian traffic Sunday related to the Panthers' football game.
Crews worked diligently throughout Saturday, plowing City streets and applying salt. The street treatments applied are working as expected, helping ice and snow to melt as the air and pavement warm up today. Most major streets are clear and passable, but some streets and bridges still have ice and snow, making conditions dangerous. Crews will continue to treat priority routes (thoroughfares, arterials and collector streets) today and on into the evening hours.
Black ice will continue to cause problems. Motorists are advised to use caution because streets that appear clear could be covered with sheets of ice. CDOT advises motorists to keep clear of heavy equipment and trucks treating roads.
City Street Maintenance crews continue to operate on a "Condition B" throughout the day and night. This condition calls for 36 trucks, 72 crew members and necessary support staff. Crews are working in 12 hour shifts. As the winter storm moves through the Charlotte area, evaluation of streets and roads will be ongoing and work adjusted as warranted.
Sidewalks will be covered with ice as well. Pedestrians should be extra cautious as they navigate the city on foot. Property owners are asked to clear adjacent sidewalks. Sidewalks should be treated with commercially available ice melt products (containing magnesium chloride and potassium chloride). ROCK SALT SHOULD NOT BE USED as it can damage concrete sidewalks.
Citizens should report icy road conditions by calling CharMeck 311. Also, reports of routine icing on City streets can be called in to 704-336-3200. Actual emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911
Updates about City services impacted by inclement weather and emergency information can be found here.
CDOT's Street Maintenance Division is committed to ensuring Charlotte streets, drainage structures, and sidewalks are in safe condition. Follow the links below for more information on CDOT's winter weather preparedness plans.
Winter Weather Preparedness:
The Charlotte Department of Transportation's (CDOT) more than 400 employees work together to ensure we accomplish our mission to provide safe and efficient transportation systems that support economic vitality and quality of life for Charlotte residents and visitors. Well-paved streets with lighting, safe and accessible sidewalks, bicycle lanes, neighborhood traffic programs and efficient intersections are examples of how CDOT is "Connecting Charlotte."