The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has pre-treated major routes in Central, Northern and Western Maryland in advance of winter weather forecasted to visit the region later this afternoon and evening. SHA crews applied a salt brine solution to interstates and primary roadways yesterday in preparation for a quick moving storm.
“SHA will continue to closely monitor the storm, but we certainly need motorists to do their part as well,” said Melinda Peters, SHA Administrator. “Traveling the roads this afternoon during the height of the normal rush hour should NOT be an option; plows need space to clear the roads and gridlocked traffic does not allow crews the opportunity to make the roads safe. Last year’s January 26 storm was indicative of how quickly things can change and we want everyone to get home safely.”
With precipitation generally expected between noon and 9 p.m. crews will remain out until all State roads are clear. Motorists are reminded to never pass a snow plow or plow train. The safest place to be while driving in winter weather is behind a snow plow.
SHA reminds motorists to completely clear vehicles of snow, which could otherwise turn to ice and create a danger to other motorists.
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