SHA Crews Rested, Trucks Loaded with Salt and Ready for Weekend Storm

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SHA Crews Rested, Trucks Loaded with Salt and Ready for Weekend Storm

2/19/2012

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 As weather forecasters near a consensus that Central Maryland is likely to receive its first major winter storm, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is prepared.  Crews will pre-treat interstates and major primary roads in Western Maryland and the Baltimore/Washington metro areas with salt brine on Saturday.  Pre-treatment delays the initial bonding of snow and ice from adhering to the pavement.  SHA crews loaded trucks with salt today and will be positioned prior to the beginning of precipitation early Sunday.  SHA will also deploy heavy duty tow trucks at strategic locations along interstates to respond quickly to tractor trailer and large truck incidents.

“The storm poised to strike the region this weekend has the potential to deliver significant snow throughout much of Maryland,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.   “The difference between heavy snow and just wet pavement can vary greatly across Maryland.  Garrett County in Western Maryland has already received nearly six feet of snow this season.  Whether a dusting or a repeat of Snowmaggedon, SHA crews are up for the challenge.”

Truckers can ride out storms that produce accumulations of six or more inches of snow at select park and ride locations.  Parking options are easily accessible through an interactive map from the internet, a downloadable .pdf map, and a mobile device application.  All three options are accessible at www.roads.maryland.gov, then click on the emergency truck icon.

Maryland now features FREE 511 traveler information!  Call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit: www.md511.org  for current travel information. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely - Maryland law restricts hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.  Follow us on Twitter @MDSHA.



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