WILSON: East of Raleigh, clean up focus turns to side streets - WRBL

East of Raleigh, clean up focus turns to side streets

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I-95 near Wilson was covered in snow on Tuesday night. I-95 near Wilson was covered in snow on Tuesday night.

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews were busy on Wednesday, clearing major roadways in counties immediately east of the Triangle. 

Wilson saw five inches of snow fall overnight into Wednesday.

The major roadways in Wilson remained largely free of traffic throughout the morning, making way for plows and sand trucks to get to work. The DOT says more than 200 pieces of equipment hit the streets on Wednesday, in what they call "Division Four." 

Division Four is a six county area east of the Triangle, which includes Wilson, Wayne, Johnston, Nash, Edgecombe and Halifax counties.  Crews from the mountains also helped out.

"Obviously, across the state we are pooling our resources to help mitigate the storm as much as we can," DOT Division Four Engineer Tim Little said.

On Wednesday night, side streets looked more like ice rinks hours after the snow stopped falling.  The DOT said clearing primary roads was the main focus, with attention turning to secondary roads beginning on Thursday.

Drivers in the area said they were generally pleased with the clean up response.

"I think they're doing the best they can. I just think it's really bad.  They're getting the main roads first," Lisa Ferrell of Bailey said.

"I think they probably did a good job," Sue Tucker, who was traveling to Virginia said.  "Some of these other little roads are not too good.  We stopped to eat and they were closing early because of the roads."

Others said they were ready for the snow to melt so life can get back to normal.

"It's beautiful coming down and on the ground," Genia Bone of Wilson said, "but after you see it for about eight hours, you're ready for it to go away, or at least I am."

The DOT said as clean up continues, drivers are urged to reduce their speed, clear windows and mirrors, keep plenty of room between vehicles and watch out for slick spots on bridges and overpasses.

Derick Waller

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