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DOT crews prepare equipment for winter storm

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In the Lowcountry, road crews are also bracing for the winter weather storm.

Employees at the Beaufort DOT maintenance yard have been testing out their plows and spreaders to make sure they're ready to go.

Starting at 5 a.m., they will implement their snow and ice plan into action.

Crews will rotate on 12 hour shifts starting at noon Tuesday until the storm passes.

The focus will first be on the county's Chechessee and Broad River Bridges as well as primary routes such as 170 and 278.

DOT inspectors will be working with first responders to see if and when they will need to pre-treat the bridges with calcium chloride to minimize freezing conditions.

The Beaufort DOT office already has 50 tons of sand and will be receiving more tomorrow.

"Depending on the weather conditions, we'll be able to bring in more personnel as needed but for right now, we'll be running at our regular plan which is pretty much monitoring the bridges and primary routes just to make sure that the snow or the ice, depending on what type of mixture we get doesn't really accumulate much where we keep the roads open for first responders and pretty much the general public so they can get through safely," said Maurice Allen, Assistant Resident Maintenance Engineer for the Beaufort SCDOT office.

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