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DOT crews remain busy after storm's passing

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Even though the wintry precipitation is over, the South Carolina Department of Transportation remains busy.

As we approach nighttime and temperatures drop, we will still be dealing with potentially hazardous road conditions overnight.

As many as 1,400 DOT employees are deployed statewide, working the roads before, during and after the storm. They put down thousands of tons of salt and sand and hundreds of thousands of gallons of brine and calcium chloride.  

They expect to be back out Wednesday night as they have been throughout the day, trying to not only clear away snow and ice but also treat the road surfaces to minimize the threat of slick spots caused by refreezing.

Officials said they had to overcome a few equipment problems here and there and deal with some staff shortages. But otherwise, most primary roadways including those here in the midlands, were made passable within a reasonably short time frame using all the personnel the department could muster.

DOT employees have been working 12-hour shifts and as of noontime, all major roads were passable except for the Cooper River bridge in Charleston.

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