NCDOT Division 4 clears roads of fallen trees

Storm caused few road problems in the division

WILSON – The remnants of Hurricane Michael left scattered trees down in communities east of Raleigh, but no major road washouts or highway closures.

Maintenance workers for the N.C. Department of Transportation in Division 4 spent Thursday night removing trees blocking roads in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties. The areas hit the worst in Division 4 were Halifax with 40 locations of fallen trees; Nash with 25 locations; and Edgecombe with 13 tree-covered roads.

Whenever power lines are tangled in the fallen trees, crews for safety reasons must wait for a utility company to arrive first and de-energize the lines.

The fast-moving storm brought little flooding to the areas encompassed in Division 4, and no bridges had to be closed.

A section of N.C. 581 in the Spring Hope community of Nash County remained closed Friday morning while crews awaited the utility company to remove the live wires tangled in the fallen tree.

Elsewhere, the department closed one lane on I-95 South at mile marker 106 at the Little River bridge in Johnston County after a tractor-trailer crashed Thursday afternoon during the storm and damaged the barrier wall. A contractor was working Friday to repair the damage.

Overall, five roads in Nash County remained closed this morning due to downed trees with power lines.

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