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Beaufort DOT crews on standby for winter storm

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Crews in the Lowcountry are on standby right now.

Department of Transportation employees have been checking on more than 40 bridges in Beaufort County every hour using an infrared temperature gun.

Several of the bridges, including the Woods Memorial, measured around 35 to 40 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

The county is still operating under normal conditions, but they are encouraging people to stay inside.

"If you don't need to be out there, then just stay home. It will give my guys more time to treat what they have to without having to deal with the traffic. The people that have to work, like the first responders, they're going to be out there and we'll be out there too, making sure it's safe for everybody to use the roads," said Maurice Allen, Beaufort DOT Assistant Maintenance Engineer.  

The Beaufort DOT office has 315 tons of sand, on top of 700 gallons of calcium chloride, to pre-treat the bridges and roads if necessary.

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