SHA Crews Prepare for a Messy Monday Morning

MoMCDOT Plow snow reponseAs the saying goes, March is coming in like a lion with a messy winter storm on Sunday night and most of Monday. To tame the proverbial lion, or at least reduce the roar, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is carefully monitoring the forecast and is ready to respond to keep roads passable and safe. SHA reminds travelers to monitor weather forecasts for the possibility of ice and snow and be prepared to alter travel plans.

“Travel conditions could be hazardous Sunday evening and much of Monday during the storm. Crews work to reduce the impact of the weather conditions but it is not until it stops snowing that they can make headway and clear travel lanes,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “We ask motorists to monitor forecasts closely and potentially delay travel to provide SHA crews the space necessary to treat the roads.”

The latest forecasts are calling for snow totals that will exceed six inches in much of Maryland, so professional truck drivers are reminded to use the resources available at 511 and seek safe refuge at designated park and ride lots. Additionally, SHA will position large heavy duty tow trucks in strategic areas along the interstate system for rapid response.

If travel is unavoidable, drivers should not get in the way of plows – maintain a safe distance behind the trucks – “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” Additionally, speed limits are posted for fair weather conditions so drivers are expected to reduce speed in inclement weather. Other important reminders for those who must drive – take a charged mobile device to call for help if you become stranded, an ice scraper and shovel and be sure the windshield washer fluid is filled. Before even venturing out, clear your vehicle completely to see and be seen.

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