Cary prepares for winter weather

From staff reportsJanuary 28, 2014 

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Town worker Jimmy Johnston mixes up the brine solution that is being prepared for trucks to spread on the roads as preparations are made for the coming winter storm at a town Of Cary facility on James Jackson Road on Jan. 27, 2014. The Triangle is expected to get several inches of snow and/or ice over the next day or two.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— When snow is in the forecast, Cary gets ready.

The town’s “A-Team” brined roads and bridges to make driving conditions safer if a predicted snow storm rolls into the Triangle on Tuesday.

Cary has 2,200 tons of salt/sand mix, 850 tons of pure salt and about 58 pieces of “winter-weather fighting equipment,” according to a news release from the town.

Snow plows and “spreaders” are set to deploy Tuesday afternoon in Cary, ready to treat the town’s 711 linear miles of streets. The A-Team treats thoroughfares first, and then primary roads in subdivisions, followed by through streets in subdivisions and finally cul-de-sacs.

“When precipitation starts falling, we’ll move into the second phase of attack: spreading our salt/sand mix with a focus on historically icy spots and bridges,” Scott Hecht, public works director, said in a release. “At one-inch accumulation, we’ll drop the blades.”

Snow could begin falling midday, piling up to 5 inches. Wake and several other Triangle counties are under a National Weather Service winter weather warning through 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are key schedules:

• Wake County schools canceled Tuesday classes.

• Cary Town Hall will be open during normal business hours Tuesday.

• The Cary Town Council work session scheduled for Tuesday evening is canceled.

• The Morrisville Town Council session scheduled for Tuesday evening is canceled. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

• C-Tran’s door-to-door services will stop at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Registered passengers certified for ADA service and who live within three-fourths of a mile of a fixed route may still receive door-to-door services. C-Tran’s fixed route schedule is operating as normal. Riders are encouraged to call C-Tran directly at 919-481-2020 for updates or download the TransLoc app at http://live.gotriangle.org.

• Solid waste and recycling in Cary will be collected on schedule Tuesday. The Citizen’s Convenience Center will remain open Tuesday. There will be no yard-waste collection after 12 p.m. Tuesday.

• Cary’s public works and utilities customer service will remain open through 8 p.m. Tuesday. Citizens should call 919-469-4090 to report slick spots, downed limbs or trees, and any other non-emergency and weather-related concerns.

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