NC snowplow trucks work to clear roads based on priority usage

(WGHP) – Snowplow trucks have been out since Sunday trying to clear all the snow and ice from the roads, but you might be wondering why your street isn’t cleared yet.

Aaron Moody, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said state and local crews clear snow and ice from streets based on priority level.

“You usually work from the top down. And once the highways are maintained well enough, you know you can take the next step,” Moody said.

According to city officials:

Priority 1 – These include emergency service roads and major arteries such as Wendover Avenue, Battleground Avenue, and roads connected to hospitals and roads used by city buses.

Priority 2 – Roads with low traffic, connecting to busy roads, and emergency response buildings and roads with traffic lights.

Priority 3 – Residential roads and roads less traveled

Officials said the goal was to clear 90% of Priority 1 within 36 hours of the end of a winter storm, 75% of Priority 2 within 48 hours and 75% of passable residential streets within 72 time.

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