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Maryland Highway Crews Gear up for Next Snowstorm

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 STATEWIDE, Md. – The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is preparing for a storm Thursday. Since the storm will start as rain, SHA is not pre-treating roads with salt brine because it could wash away. 

“With the storm starting overnight, it is important for commuters to plan ahead and make sound judgments about driving or not in the morning. If you do choose to drive, be sure your vehicle can maneuver in the snow. Just one abandoned car can create a traffic jam that impacts everyone, including our plow trucks,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “SHA anticipates plowing roads as snow begins to accumulate.  If you encounter our crews or emergency responders, please leave plenty of following distance and never try to pass plows.”

To date, SHA has spent $95 million on winter operations and used 285,000 tons of salt. More than 2,700 personnel and 2,400 pieces of equipment are available for use statewide. 

SHA will deploy six heavy-duty tow trucks across the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area to help disabled tractor trailers. An emergency truck parking map is available on the SHA website.

SHA crews will plow and salt as needed, but motorists must be mindful of road conditions and modify their behavior accordingly. Drivers should slow down, use caution, allow plenty of distance between vehicles, use snow tires and allow plenty of time for travel. Visit http://www.md511.org/ and www.traffic.md.gov or call 511 for traffic information.

Customers may also follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook.
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