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DelDOT Prepares for Wet, Winter Roads

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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.


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