SCDOT crews work to clean mess left by winter storm

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Now that the winter storm has moved through the state, South Carolina Department of Transportation crews are working to clean up the mess left behind.

SCDOT forces were working on rotating 12-hour shifts, utilizing snow plows and applying salt and other anti-icing materials. Most roads have returned to normal, but several secondary roads have remaining icy patches.

Their final report on the winter weather event includes the following statistics:

- 367 Maintenance employees actively involved in road operations

- 16,150 Tons of Salt (cumulative total)

- 5,495 Tons of Sand (cumulative total)

- 132,368 Gallons of calcium chloride (cumulative total)

- 863,189 Gallons of salt brine (cumulative total)

- 122 pieces of equipment in use

In Engineering District 5, which includes Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties, the road surface temperature ranged from 27 to 35 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, temperatures were between 31 and 37 degrees.

Highway Patrol responded to 1,730 weather-related from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 - 4 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 compared to only 524 in that same time period in 2013.

There were 255 abandoned vehicles, 414 motorists needing assistance, and 822 collisions, according to the SC Dept. of Public Safety's Facebook page.

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