According to the Charlotte Department of Transportation, all major and minor thoroughfares, major and minor arterial streets, and major and minor collector streets, which include bus routes are being treated with salt currently and will continue to be treated throughout day.
These extreme cold temperatures hamper and slow down the effectiveness of the salt. As temperatures rise and the sun comes up, the streets should greatly improve. Vehicle traffic will also assist the salt in breaking up and dissipating the ice. Melting should occur as temperatures are expected to reach 35 degrees by 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Commuters should delay their travel as late in the day as possible for Wednesday and stay at home if at all possible. Secondary and residential roads will be mostly icy and hard to travel on Wednesday as these streets are a last coverage priority. There could be isolated icy patches through Thursday morning rush hour so motorists need to take precautions.
University City roads are reported to be especially difficult.
Use extreme caution in all modes of transportation -- including walking. Many sidewalks are impassable. The public should avoid walking in the street due to treacherous conditions of sidewalks. Business and homeowners should do everything possible to clear sidewalks near property.
Riders should check the CATS website for the latest detour information. We are operating but have many routes on detour due to icy side streets.
Due to icy conditions in the University City area, CATS will resume service by 11 a.m.
Gold Rush service will be delayed until later this morning.
Riders are encouraged to check www.ridetransit.org for real-time detour updates.
People avoiding travel has definitely reduced call volume. Fire responded to 221 calls throughout the night and 3 fires.
City and County Delay
The City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will be on a two-hour delay Thursday, Jan. 29. All essential employees should report to work at their normal hours.
· The Airport remains open and operational and staff is working with our airline partners to assist customers.
· CLT has activated its irregular operations plan to assist stranded passengers.
· Cots and mats are being handed out to passengers who need them. The Airport’s concessionaire is keeping some concessions open and additional staff is on hand.
· The Airport continues the deicing operation. We continue to see delays in departures.
· All deicing pads are being utilized. Airport maintenance crews are plowing and continue to treat and monitor runways and taxiways.
· As of 9:30 this evening, 119 aircraft had been deiced.
· Customers are encouraged to please continue checking with their airlines through tomorrow for updated flight status before leaving to come to the Airport.
Most City streets are iced over and very dangerous. Residents are asked to stay off the roads. CDOT crews continue with salt treatments and will begin plowing as soon as the ice coating breaks apart. As of 7 p.m., CDOT responded to 42 calls. CDOT's priority remains major thoroughfares and rights of way in addition to hospitals and emergency entrances. CDOT will not be treating subdivisions or secondary roads.
· Currently, service delivery operating normally.
· Insulate pipes in unheated parts of your home
· Seal any openings and air leaks in crawl space or basement. Use cardboard, plastic or newspaper if necessary.
· Open doors on cabinets below sinks to allow warmer room air to circulate around plumbing at night.
· Be sure garden hoses are disconnected from outdoor spigots.
· Unplug automatic lawn sprinkler systems
· Locate the master water shut-off valve in your home now in case you experience a burst pipe, and need to cut off your water in a hurry.
· Make sure the water meter box in your yard remains properly in place to keep cold air from freezing water inside the meter. If for any reason your water meter cover is damaged or missing, contact Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department by dialing 311.
All inclement weather detours are on the website and we have many at this moment. Riders are encouraged to check www.ridetransit.org for real-time detour updates.
Inclement weather detours went into effect at 6:38 pm. Buses slowed tonight due to multiple traffic accidents around Charlotte and traffic conditions. Conditions for buses appear at the moment to be worst in South and West Charlotte. A number of buses have been stuck on hilly areas with supervisors, CMPD and Street Division assisting. Two minor incidents to report – one bus slid into a curb and a car slid into a stopped bus.
CATS Facilities has been out in the field with crews since 6 p.m. taking care of rail platforms and will be doing so throughout the night. At all facilities, walk ways, sidewalks, and access routes from parking lots have been cleared or treated at least once, and will be treated again through the night.
Just after 7:30 p.m. this evening a personal vehicle lost control on an icy street near Old Pineville Road, went down the ditch and stopped partially on the rail right-of-way (but no on the tracks). Train came into contact with the part of the vehicle in the rail right-of-way. Person fled the car before the incident. No injuries. Single tracked until incident cleared. Back to normal service by 9:01 p.m.
· 288 calls accident with property damage only
· 60 calls accidents with injury
· 61 calls for traffic blockage and disable vehicles
· The total number of calls that have come into the 9-1-1 center from 1600-2030 is 1161
· Avoid the roadways if at all possible as weather conditions intensify.
· If you do have to drive, be sure to increase following distance between you and vehicle in front of you.
· Use 311 for non-emergency calls for service
· Call 911 only for emergency purposes
Charlotte Fire Department is reporting rough road conditions and has responded to trucks stuck or impaired.
Charlotte Solid Waste Services
The City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services (SWS) will operate on a delayed schedule for the collection of residential garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky waste today due to inclement weather. Residents scheduled for collection today are asked to keep their collection items curbside until they are serviced.
Residents are reminded of the following tips to ensure collection:
· Bag all garbage before placing it in the garbage rollout cart. Do not overfill the cart.
· Remove food/liquid residue and lids from all recyclable containers before placing them in the recycling cart. Do not bag recyclables.
· Trimmings from shrubs and trees must be no longer than five feet in length and no larger than four inches in diameter.
· Place leaves in untied plastic bags or uncovered trash cans (not City-issued carts).
· Place collection materials curbside by 6:30 am on collection day. Rollout carts must be removed from curbside by midnight the same day.
· Place collection items within six feet of the curb. Please do not block the sidewalk.
· Call 311 (704.336.7600) or visit http://curbit.charlottenc.gov to schedule bulky waste collection.
· Warming station at the County's Homeless Services Center at the Hal Marshall Annex on North College Street has been reopened and will remain open until noon on Wednesday.
Who To Contact:
Information and recommendations are provided by departments within the City of Charlotte, along with Mecklenburg County
Residents should use the following vehicles for information update on City and County services: Charlottenc.gov, charmeck.org, GOV Channel, CMS website for school information, and all local media outlets.
Please call 311 for questions related to City and County Services or to report icy road conditions. Reports of routine icing on City streets can be called in to 704-336-3200. Actual emergencies and accidents should be called in to 911.