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Updated: Md. SHA Pretreating Roads Ahead of Weekend Winter Weather

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SALISBURY, Md.- The Maryland State Highway Administration says crews are actively preparing for a winter storm approaching the state from the south.

Contractor crews are pretreating roads with salt brine and readying snow removal equipment in anticipation of winter operations Saturday and Sunday.

Forecast models call for most of Maryland to be affected by the storm, with heavier accumulations in southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. Officials said the storm’s arrival on a weekend when traffic volumes are significantly lower than work days is positive, but drivers are still reminded to be safe and vigilant on the roads.

In Salisbury on Thursday, SHA crews began treating major numbered highways and the Salisbury Bypass with brine. Approximately 15,000 gallons were sprayed along the roadways as a preventative measure before the storm hits overnight on Saturday.

"What that does is it creates, or it prevents a bond from happening between the snow, ice and the roadway. And what that does is gives us an opportunity to get a jump on the storm to get out there with our resources and start combating it with more conventional materials," said SHA District Engineer James Meredith.  

With pretreating complete by Saturday, crews will begin staging Saturday evening, so a rapid deployment can be implemented once precipitation begins. MDOT SHA and contractor crews will continue to work until all lanes and shoulders are clear. Motorists are encouraged to limit travel and get errands complete before the storm begins late Saturday.

Additionally, the SHA said it will pre-position heavy-duty wreckers in strategic locations known to be challenging to commercial vehicles. Should a tractor-trailer become disabled, the wreckers can respond immediately and free the truck, so crews can continue to treat the pavement efficiently and effectively. Should the storm produce six or more inches of snow, MDOT SHA offers certain park-and-rides to truckers to ride out the storm. Click here for a list of locations. 

Drivers are reminded that speed limits are set for ideal (dry) conditions. They are also reminded to not pass snow plows. The safest place to be is in the back of a snow plow or plow trains.

The SHA encourages motorists to keep a sharp eye on the weather conditions and plan accordingly for the afternoon commute. Officials said crews will be treating roads alongside hundreds of thousands of motorists during the afternoon commute, which makes treating roads during the storm challenging. 












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