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Over 3,000 tons of salt used on mountain roads during latest snow event, NCDOT says

An NCDOT truck in Polk County on Jan. 17, 2018. As of Wednesday morning, NCDOT says they have put down 3,305 tons of salt and 1,522 tons of salt/sand mix to help clear roads in 16 western counties. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The latest round of wintry weather has hundreds of crews working to clear roadways in western North Carolina.

As of Wednesday morning, North Carolina's Department of Transportation (NCDOT) says they have put down 3,305 tons of salt and 1,522 tons of salt/sand mix to help clear roads in 16 western counties.

NCDOT says they had 414 employees working since the start of the storm on Tuesday. Officials also said 223 trucks and plows were working mountain roads, along with 24 motorgraders.

Here is a breakdown of NCDOT manpower numbers by county:

Buncombe

  • Employees -- 60
  • Trucks – 34
  • Motor-graders -- 5
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 300
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 100

Cherokee

  • Employees -- 20
  • Trucks – 11
  • Motor-graders -- 2
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 420
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Clay

  • Employees -- 14
  • Trucks – 6
  • Motor-graders -- 2
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 145
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Graham

  • Employees -- 7
  • Trucks – 7
  • Motor-graders -- 1
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 160
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Haywood

  • Employees -- 21
  • Trucks – 12
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 12
  • Tons of Salt – 650
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Henderson

  • Employees -- 35
  • Trucks – 13
  • Motor-graders -- 2
  • Contractors – 12
  • Tons of Salt – 213
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 172

Jackson

  • Employees -- 16
  • Trucks – 7
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 5
  • Tons of Salt – 412
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Macon

  • Employees -- 16
  • Trucks – 11
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 155
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Madison

  • Employees -- 52
  • Trucks – 24
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 250
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 300

McDowell

  • Employees -- 44
  • Trucks – 25
  • Motor-graders -- 3
  • Contractors – 1
  • Tons of Salt – 150
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 0

Mitchell

  • Employees -- 22
  • Trucks – 17
  • Motor-graders -- 2
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 0
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 100

Polk

  • Employees -- 18
  • Trucks – 7
  • Motor-graders -- 1
  • Contractors – 2
  • Tons of Salt – 50
  • TonsSalt/Sand Mix – 0

Rutherford

  • Employees -- 33
  • Trucks – 21
  • Motor-graders -- 5
  • Contractors – 3
  • Tons of Salt – 0
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 200

Swain

  • Employees -- 11
  • Trucks – 6
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 3
  • Tons of Salt – 0
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 250

Transylvania

  • Employees -- 17
  • Trucks – 7
  • Motor-graders -- 1
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 150
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 100

Yancey

  • Employees -- 28
  • Trucks – 15
  • Motor-graders -- 0
  • Contractors – 0
  • Tons of Salt – 250
  • Tons Salt/Sand Mix – 300


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