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DelDOT Prepares for Freezing Temps

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WILMINGTON, Del.- With temperatures expected to plummet below freezing after sunset Monday, officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation say crews will be spending the afternoon applying salt to the state's roads.

The goal is to have all of the normal salting routes treated before rush hour, said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff. In New Castle County, every primary, secondary and local road maintained by the state will be treated.  In Kent and Sussex Counties, primary and secondary roads will be treated and on local roads the normal salting operations will be completed, including intersections and known trouble spots.

Crews will remain working into the evening hours until the roads dry, according to Westhoff, who added that DelDOT crews will be inspecting road conditions into the early morning hours and treating problem areas as needed.

Motorists are asked to complete their trips, if possible, before 6 p.m. Monday as roads are expected to freeze by that point. Westhoff said that despite the best efforts of the DelDOT crews, there could still be icy spots on roads.

Motorists that encounter DelDOT trucks applying salt are cautioned to stay at least 150 feet away from the back of the truck. Following too closely limits the distribution of salt on roads, Westhoff said.

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