DelDOT Prepares for Wet, Winter Roads - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

DelDOT Prepares for Wet, Winter Roads

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

CHESWOLD, Del.- The Delaware Department of Transportation practices all year for winter weather in the state. And Wednesday was no exception, as the northern part of Delaware experienced a wintry mix.

"All of our trucks are ready we have 450 pieces of equipment, fueled up, painted, looking good, waiting to go out," said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff.

Approximately 500 DelDOT employees are on the ready with snow plows and salt, in case conditions turn icy. A situation that can often be more dangerous than straight snow.

"We can't really pre treat the roads, because the rain will just wash away the salt," Westhoff said.

DelDOT has 65,000 tons of salt, stored at 20 locations across Delaware. At the DelDOT maintenance facility in Cheswold, there are 6,000 tons of salt ready to be spread on the roads.

"We're ready for a good snowstorm if we ever get one.," Westhoff said.

On this rainy day, some drivers say they'd rather be going through snow than puddles.

"I'd rather have snow," Brandi Butler said. "It's really nasty, really wet and everywhere you go there's puddles everywhere."

Since they are unable to treat the roads when it is raining, DelDOT is urging drivers to slow down in this wet, wintry weather.

"Drive as if there may be some black ice down, you don't know if that shiny piece of road is actually ice or if it's just wet," Westhoff said.

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Lincoln Man Robbed While Walking Along Road

    Lincoln Man Robbed While Walking Along Road

    09/21/2017 12:51:00 -04:002017-09-21 16:51:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:37:07 GMT
    Photo: Wboc ImagePhoto: Wboc Image
    Delaware State Police are currently investigating a robbery from a man while he was walking along a roadway southeast of Lincoln.More
    Delaware State Police are investigating the robbery of a man walking along a roadway southeast of Lincoln.More
  • Settlement Reached in Milton Political Sign Case

    Settlement Reached in Milton Political Sign Case

    09/21/2017 13:11:00 -04:002017-09-21 17:11:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:33:47 GMT
    One of Penny NIckerson's signs she had placed in her yard in Milton, Del.One of Penny NIckerson's signs she had placed in her yard in Milton, Del.
    The town of Milton, Del. on Thursday announced a settlement has been reached with a woman who filed an ACLU lawsuit with the town over the placement of political signs on her property.More
    The town of Milton, Del. on Thursday announced a settlement has been reached with a woman who filed an ACLU lawsuit with the town over the placement of political signs on her property.More
  • Police Investigate Burglary at Wesley Chapel in Dover

    Police Investigate Burglary at Dover Chapel

    09/21/2017 11:53:00 -04:002017-09-21 15:53:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-09-21 16:45:01 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    Police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Wesley Chapel early Thursday morning.More
    Dover police are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Wesley Chapel early Thursday morning.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Former NFL Cheerleader Completes Weekend Del. Prison Stays

    Former NFL Cheerleader Completes Weekend Del. Prison Stays

    09/21/2017 04:07:00 -04:002017-09-21 08:07:00 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 4:10 AM EDT2017-09-21 08:10:21 GMT
    A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware no longer has to report every other weekend to a Delaware prison facility.More
    A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader who pleaded guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware no longer has to report every other weekend to a Delaware prison facility.More
  • Woman Arrested In Newark Home Invasion

    Woman Arrested In Newark Home Invasion

    09/20/2017 22:25:00 -04:002017-09-21 02:25:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-09-21 02:36:24 GMT
    Courtesy of New Castle County PoliceCourtesy of New Castle County Police
    New Castle County Police have arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Noone in connection to the home invasion that occurred in the community of Stones Throw Townhouses this morning.More
    New Castle County Police have arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Noone in connection to the home invasion that occurred in the community of Stones Throw Townhouses this morning.More
  • 39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    39 Arrests in Smyrna Street Drug Operation

    09/20/2017 04:11:00 -04:002017-09-20 08:11:00 GMT
    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:51 AM EDT2017-09-20 14:51:57 GMT

    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna leads to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.

    More

    A major investigation into a street drug operation in Smyrna, Del. has led to the arrest of 39 people, authorities said.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices