According to the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) most roads have returned to dry (normal) condition as of Thursday morning, however some – (mostly secondary roads) are still covered with snow/ice. Temperatures are below freezing this morning statewide. Temperatures are forecast to be above the freezing mark for most of the state this afternoon; this will help accelerate ice removal efforts.
While this is encouraging news, icing will continue to be a lingering problem on our roadways until this afternoon. Travel on secondary roads may be treacherous in sections and extreme caution is recommended.
Crews in 4 of the 7 Engineering District continue working on rotating 12-hour shifts applying salt and other anti-icing/deicing materials. We anticipate most Engineering Districts will return to normal operations by this afternoon. Statewide, all interstate routes are open and in fair or better condition. The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston is still closed. The following values are the employees and equipment that are active, and the material already applied to the roadways.
558 Maintenance employees actively involved in road operations
15,492 Tons of Salt (cumulative total)
5,147 Tons of Sand (cumulative total)
132,368 Gallons of calcium chloride (cumulative total)
813,394 Gallons of salt brine (cumulative total)
317 Equipment in use
Engineering District 2 (Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties) –Temperatures in District Two are ranging between 12 and 15 degrees. Secondary roads and bridges continue to be treated in spots with deicing materials. All interstates are in good condition. They plan to clean up and repair equipment later today and return to normal operations.
Engineering District 3 (Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties) –Temperatures in District Three are ranging between 11 and 19 degrees. District 3 has completed snow fighting operations. Areas of concern will be addressed by on call crews.