SHA Works to Reverse Winter Storm's Effects

Although Sky is Clear Crews Continue to Battle Drifting Snow, Icy Roads and Snow Piles

BALTIMORE (Feb. 12, 2010) - Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) crews continue to battle the effects of the week's record-breaking winter storm. Though interstates and other major routes are passable, plowed snow remains piled on some shoulders, merge lanes and interchange ramps. Crews are now focusing on plowing and using frontend loaders to remove snow from these areas, as well as primary and secondary routes. Motorists can expect single lane closures on multi-lane roads such as York and Reisterstown roads, as well as obstructed dedicated turn lanes and deceleration/ acceleration lanes. Commuters can expect to double the normal needed travel time on these routes.

In central Maryland, particularly the rural areas in Frederick and Carroll counties, gusty winds have posed a very difficult challenge to crews, moving six to 12 feet of snow onto previously plowed roadways.

As crews continue to treat the state highway system, SHA reminds motorists to delay travel if possible. If you elect to drive, please travel safely and share the road. Motorists should never pass or follow too closely behind a snow plow or salt truck and be on the alert for static or slow-moving clean-up operations using front-end loaders. As snow melts and temperatures fall overnight, icy conditions are expected. Motorists should adjust their speed and driving habits as road conditions are not yet normal.

Source: Maryland SHA

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