Davidson, Randolph added to roadway debris cleanup
Davidson and Randolph counties have been added to a list of counties where N.C. Department of Transportation crews will collect debris from the March 7 ice storm.
The two counties are among six added to the coverage area, the DOT announced this afternoon. Guilford County was part of the original coverage area.
A debris assessment by North Carolina Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency indicates that additional counties meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration. A disaster declaration means the state would receive federal funds to help pay for the debris cleanup. The coverage area now encompasses nine counties in the Piedmont.
In the counties, DOT crews will remove debris that has fallen in the right-of-way, in addition to debris relocated to the right-of-way by property owners along state roads.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s state of emergency declaration earlier this month enables the DOT to waive the usual contract bidding process, which would take several weeks. Once contracts are awarded, a schedule for debris pickup will be set and publicized, according to the state agency.
“In order to expedite debris cleanup, residents in the nine counties who live on state-maintained roads are asked to place debris along the side of the roadway as soon as possible. Do not place debris in travel lanes or in areas where it will block drainage, mailboxes or fire hydrants, or create issues for motorists and pedestrians,” according to the DOT.