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DelDOT Prepares for Winter Weather Ahead

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CHESWOLD, Del. – While areas like Kent County caught a break during the weekend's winter storm, meteorologists predict round two of snow is just around the corner. DelDOT says it has its workers prepared for whatever Mother Nature brings.

"We'll have some trucks loaded in the wee hours of the morning," said Central District Engineer for DelDOT, Tom Greve. "We'll have crews out on the roads."

According to officials, DelDOT's yard in Cheswold has about 3,500 tons of salts ready to go. During Sunday's storm, they used only 250 tons of salt.

"The first trucks that are out will actually just be using salt," said Greve. "We have pre-wetting systems on the truck that pre-wet the salt as it comes out of the back of the truck."

He says they never know how much salt they would ultimately need or how much time it will take to prepare and clean the roads. However long it takes, that is how long crews will be out there.

"We expect to be working late Tuesday evening possibly through the entire evening and into Wednesday morning possibly."

Here are some tips from DelDOT on how to prepare for Tuesday's weather:

·        Motorists need to be aware Delaware roads may be treacherous in the pre-dawn and dawn hours tomorrow morning due to sleet and frozen rain arriving at approximately 5 a.m. This precipitation should turn to snow later in the day, but driving conditions could remain challenging for much of the day.

·        If you don't need to drive, please stay off the roads until the storm has passed.   Roads congested with traffic slow down salting and plowing, making it harder for DelDOT to keep up with storm conditions.

·        DelDOT will pre-treat roads with brine as weather conditions permit in advance of the storm, but it is important to understand that it does little good to put brine  roads when it is raining as the brine washes away. This is why pre-treatment is sometimes withheld.

·        This storm will arrive with the start of the morning commute.  That means drivers will need to slow down, expect that commutes will take longer than normal, and be alert to the probability that some roads will be treacherous.  Drivers should be especially alert for icy patches on bridges, ramps and other elevated roadways.

·        DelDOT will concentrate on clearing major and secondary roads first.  Side roads will be cleared later, so drivers need to be careful exiting and entering these areas.

·        While motorists understandably want all roads in a passable condition as quickly as possible, Delaware has thousands of lane miles and clearing some roads requires multiple passes by our drivers and equipment.

·        Stay off the road for as long as possible -  and using plenty of patience and caution if you must travel, are the best ways to  cope with tomorrow's weather conditions.

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