Winter Weather Response
Winter Weather Operations Headquarters:
Public Works Facility- 100 Public Works Drive (off of Smith Level Road).
Important Phone Numbers:
Public Works Administration
Orange County Emergency Management Services
(EMS) (911) or 732-5063
Police Main Office
(911) or 919- 732-5063
Public Works EOC Desk
View Live Radar for North Carolina HERE
View OCEMA's Winter Storm Preparedness Guide
Public Works Response to Winter Weather When a winter storm is forecast for the area, Town of Carrboro Public Works is primarily responsible for responding and reducing winter weather related roadway hazards associated with accumulations of ice or snow on roadway surfaces of Town maintained streets, facilities, designated bike paths and sidewalks, and parking lots. Streets are prioritized based on high traffic volumes, Transit routes, essential services and proximity to schools.
The Roadway Hazard Reduction Program is designed to effectively utilize and commit available town personnel and equipment resources as determined, and when deemed necessary, to be supplemented by local contractor forces and equipment when deemed essential.The type of response, personnel, and equipment to be used and depth of commitment will be dependent on the type and severity of the winter storm and the known or anticipated future weather conditions. The Public Works Department will monitor local weather forecasts during periods of problematic winter weather.Public Works Response to Winter Weather
When a winter storm is forecast for the area, Town of Carrboro Public Works is primarily responsible for responding and reducing winter weather related roadway hazards associated with accumulations of ice or snow on roadway surfaces of Town maintained streets, facilities, designated bike paths and sidewalks, and parking lots. Streets are prioritized based on high traffic volumes, Transit routes, essential services and proximity to schools.
Priority Number 1 •Main Town Roads • Sidewalks • Bike Paths
Priority Number 2 • Side Streets/Connecting Streets• Town Parking Lots
Note: After Priority 2 is complete, we move into the neighborhoods.
NOAA Winter Weather Forecast Definitions:
The NWS issues a Winter Weather Advisory when it expects conditions to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous.
WATCH: The NWS issues a Winter Storm Watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. Winter Storm Watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm.
WARNING: The NWS issues a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet are expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or ¼ inch or more of ice accumulation is expected.
Power Outages: Stay connected. Access outage maps online at Duke Energy Outages Register for outage updates. Customers can text OUT to 58801 to report an outage from their mobile phone. Be sure to use the mobile phone associated with your account.
To stay informed of future power outages, sign up to receive power outage alerts from Duke Energy by texting REG to 57801 or choose from text, email or phone alerts by enrolling Duke Outage Alerts.
Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (1-800-769-3766)
Piedmont Electric Main Office:1-800-449-2667
Progress Energy 1-800-419-6356
Progress Energy Outage Map PSNC 1-877-776-2427
Preparations for Winter Weather:
• Initiate Salt Brine pre-treatment of designated roadways dependent upon weather forecast.
• Sand/salt spreaders are mounted and prepared for operation.
• Plows and chains are attached to plow trucks and other equipment made ready as deemed necessary.
• Fueling to maximum capacity, maintenance and operational inspection of all necessary equipment including radio and cell phone communications.
• Inventory and determine readiness state of essential tools (Ex: chain saws), spare parts, and supplies. Prepare re-supply orders if needed.
• Notification of additional crews to remove trees or fallen limbs and/or to assist with various aspects of the winter weather operations.
Snow should be at least two (2”) inches deep and falling and/or additional accumulation forecasted prior to snowplow operations beginning. Major emphasis is placed on arterial/collector streets, hills, and approaches to emergency facilities with secondary priority given to local residential streets. Snow will be removed generally by plowing from the center of the street toward the curb or the extreme edge of the pavement. If snow accumulations become so great as to require hauling, the snow stockpiles will be disposed of at Anderson Community Park and/or at other snow dumping areas so designated by the Director of Public Works.
State Maintained Roads - Ice/Snow Removal Policies:
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for ice and snow removal for the following streets located within the municipal limits of the Town:
-Estes Drive Extension SR 1780 S.
-Greensboro Street SR 1919 N.
-Greensboro Street SR 1972
-Hillsborough Road SR 1009
-Highway 54 Bypass SR 1010
-Homestead Road SR 1777
-Jones Ferry Road SR 1005
-Main Street (54 Business) SR 1010
-Merritt Mill Road SR 1927
-Old Fayetteville Road SR 1107/1037
-Rogers Rd. SR 1729
-Smith Level Road SR 1919
Because of the critical nature of certain Department of Transportation maintained streets, Town forces will also make an effort to provide ice and snow removal control measures to these streets. The areas of mutual concern are:
-Estes Drive from North Greensboro Street to the railroad tracks
-North Greensboro St. from Main Street to Hillsborough Road (Bus Route-J)
-South Greensboro St. from Hwy. 54 Bypass to Main Street (Bus Route - J)
-Hillsborough Road from Main Street to Old Fayetteville Road
-Highway 54 Bypass from Old Fayetteville Road to the Public Works Facility (Bus Route - J)
-Homestead Road - from Calvander to Rogers Road – Bridge between Stratford and High School Rd.
-Jones Ferry Road from Old Fayetteville Road to Main Street (Bus Route - J)
-Main Street from Hwy.54 Bypass to Merritt Mill Road (Bus Route - J)
-Merritt Mill Rd. from Main Street to Rosemary Street
-Old Fayetteville Rd. - from Hillsborough Road to Jones Ferry Road (across to University Lake Rd.) (Bus Route–J)
-Smith Level Rd. from Hwy. 54 Bypass to Rock Creek Road (Bus Route - J)
** It should be emphasized that although Town forces will make an effort to provide ice and snow removal to these Department of Transportation roadways, the ultimate responsibility for these operations will remain with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.