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Winter Weather Leaves no Time to Rest for Road Crews

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Maryland State Highway Administration crews worked through Wednesday night clearing the streets of Dorchester County ahead of the snow.

"We have 18 men that go out and man the trucks for the duration of the storm regardless of how long it is, and in this case they started salting and plowing about 2:30 last night. They finished midday today," said SHA spokesman Gee Williams.

Asbury Jones is part of the 18-member crew in Dorchester County. He said those long shifts can be tiring and cold behind the wheel but it is work that has got to be done.

"It's hard," he said. "We have done it before and we know we have a mission, to keep the roads open."

Thursday's snow is now behind it and now the SHA's attention turns to Friday and getting the salt down again before the second wave of forecasted snowfall.

"The biggest concern is getting the salt down on the base of the roads so it can adhere to the roads so it won't freeze," Jones said. "One other concern is that when we are pushing we don't have too much wind because with the wind blowing it can push the snow right back on as quickly as we can push it off of the road."

To prepare for a second round of snowfall, each salt truck will be loaded up with nine tons of salt.

"The equipment will all be re-prepped again the salt will be filled," Williams said. "Right here in Cambridge alone with have 2,000 tons of salt available so we would be prepared for multiple storms; hopefully more than we could ever possibly experience." 

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