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Snow Storm Brings Poor Road Conditions in Delaware


DELAWARE - The falling snow created a hodgepodge of problems across the first state, but in particular driving conditions have been severely affected Friday. More than 400 trucks have been driving throughout the state plowing the snow, but despite all of this man-power, many of the roads remain covered in snow. The poor conditions are most concentrated in local roads, but even on larger highways like Route 13 and Route 1, there are areas of bad snow and ice conditions.

Jim Westhoff from DelDOT said the big problem is the low temperatures, which makes the salt less effective. It also turns the snow into ice, which makes plowing a less successful process.

"We've had more than 400 trucks working since yesterday," he said. "We worked through the night. We're working through the day today to make the roads as safe as possible."

But so far, he said the process has  been long and straining.

"It's a real challenge," he said. "It's gonna be a tough day for us, we're plowing as much as we can. We're just not making much headway. It's gonna be a slow going. So we ask for everyone's patience."

And patience is what many are losing in the residential areas just north of Georgetown. Diverging off of Route 9 in the area is Sandhill Road, leading north towards Milton, and on this area it's clear that there has been far less plowing than on some of the larger roads. Just one more turn onto Rust Road, and it's obvious that there has been no plowing at all.

"I've been here for about 5 years," said Bobbi Taylor one of the residents in the neighborhood. "And we've never had a snow plow come through ever. Not one time."

And she said it's frustrating to see such neglect. She said she has called the county and the state, both of which were unresponsive, saying her area was private property.

"It's bad," she said looking out at the road. "It's tough to get through here when it's this big and this slushy. Everybody slides around. There have been accidents in here and everything."

Residents like Taylor live in an ambiguous neighborhood straddling the line between public and private property, but even in less ambiguous territory roads are full of snow. Westhoff said they will take care of the bigger roads first, and then they will move to the smaller ones.

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