Highway department sends in reinforcements to clear roads

By on January 6, 2018

U.S. 158 and Kitty Hawk Road at noon. (NCDOT)

With temperatures barely in the 20s Saturday, roads were still covered in sheets of ice, but highway crews were making headway in clearing paths for motorists.

Some lanes were clear along U.S. 158, but driving was unpredictable. Side streets were solid ice and the beach road, N.C. 12, remained a challenge.

A Department of Highways statement said that 380 people and 170 pieces of equipment are working in northeastern North Carolina. Crews from divisions in other parts of the state and contractors are helping with the work.

“We know this is frustrating for people who need to get to work or run errands,” NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings said in a statement. “But this was an unusual storm for the region, and it’s going to take a little extra time to completely recover from it.”

Traveling to Virginia this weekend is also dicey, with traffic cameras showing clear stretches interspersed wth patches of ice and single-lane traffic on U.S. 158 and N.C. 168 into Chesapeake.

The sun might cause a little melting, but refreezing will occur after nightfall.

Today’s National Weather Service outlook is for a high of 23 degrees and overnight lows around 15. Sunday’s forecast is for more sunshine, but highs of just 27.

Monday’s high will be 48 degrees, with temperatures pushing into th 50s as the week progresses.


  • Andrea O'Donnell

    Why aren’t you asking about the huge difference on 158 from on the island to just over the bridge?

    Sunday, Jan 7 @ 8:07 am
  • Bud

    Roads have been clear and dry since Friday..

    Monday, Jan 8 @ 5:35 am
  • dave

    Day late and a dollar short. Salt trucks are awesome for ice on roads. Sand works too.

    Monday, Jan 8 @ 9:20 am
  • runnerguy45

    Agreed Andrea. Why could the SHA clear Currituck yet fail miserably in Dare county ?

    Monday, Jan 8 @ 9:39 am