Holly Springs Public Works crews worked through the night so that residents who ventured out Tuesday would have asphalt under their wheels instead of solid ice.
Starting with thoroughfares and other main roads during the night, crews had begun working their way into subdivisions early Tuesday afternoon. Cul-de-sacs are always last.
Conditions of streets vary for a number of reasons, including how much direct sunlight they get. Overall, Holly Springs' roads were in relatively good shape, Public Works Director Luncie McNeil said Tuesday afternoon.
By 4 p.m., the temperature had edged a couple of degrees above freezing. But it was forecast to plummet overnight to 20.
"Don't be fooled," McNeil said, warning that water on roads would soon refreeze. "Tonight, we're going to deal with black ice."
Public Works crew members who had reported for duty at 3 p.m. Monday began the first applications of sand and salt on hills, bridges and other trouble spots when precipitation began. They spread additional layers during the night as sleet continued to fall.
Around 3 a.m. as the precipitation tapered off, the crew members began plowing. They continued until about 8 a.m. Tuesday, 17 hours after arriving for work.
A second shift took over, operating the department's motor grader and the seven trucks that have a plow in front and sand and salt spreader in back. Before ending work about 8 p.m. Tuesday, they were to spread more sand and salt to try to lessen the danger of black ice.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has maintenance responsibility for Holly Springs' largest roads since they are part of the state's road network. But the Public Works Department clears them before moving to progressively smaller streets with neighborhoods.
State highway crews are tied up elsewhere during storms. So if town crews don't clear Main Street, Holly Springs Road, Avent Ferry Road, N.C. 55 Bypass and other main arteries, in all likelihood they won't get cleared.
As a show of appreciation, Bass Lake Draft House invited Public Works employees to lunch on Tuesday.