MDOT & DelDOT Crews Prepping Roads in Advance of Storm
DelDOT crews have begun brining primary roads in all three counties ahead of expected snow over the weekend. Brine causes the initial coating of snow and ice to melt and slows or may even stop the accumulation of ice and snow on the road surface. It also helps for clearing the road. Drivers are reminded to remain at least 2 car lengths from a snow plow while they work to plow or treat roads. Once the plows are active – the DelDOT plow tracker will be available on the DelDOT app and website.
MDOT contractor crews are pretreating roads with salt brine and readying snow removal equipment in anticipation of winter operations Saturday and Sunday. Currently most of Maryland will be affected by the storm, with heavier accumulations in southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. The storm’s arrival on a weekend when traffic volumes are significantly lower than work days is positive, but drivers are still reminded to be safe and vigilant on the roads.
With pretreating complete by Saturday, crews will begin staging Saturday evening, so a rapid deployment can be implemented once precipitation begins. MDOT SHA and contractor crews will continue to work until all lanes and shoulders are clear. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel and get errands complete before the storm begins late Saturday.