Some Maryland roads still a challenge
Update (4:20 p.m.): Crews from the Maryland State Highway Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority are still out clearing roads and park-and-ride lots in preparation for the morning commute.
State offcials said some equipment from Western Maryland had been moved to Montgomery, Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties to help clear those areas because they received some of the greatest snow accumulations. Front-end loaders and large snow blowers are part of the effort
Crews will work through the night, officials said, trying to prepare for the Monday rush.
For winter weather road information, call the state's winter storm hot line at 1-800-327-3125 or visit the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) Web site for information on incidents
Original post: After two days working in and around Get There central, I finally had a chance to head home this afternoon. Fifteenth Street NW was still a challenge, but New York Avenue and U.S. 50 east were fine.
Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, told The Post's Ashley Halsey III that crews were making progress.
"On the interstates, 485, 270 and 95, we're getting passable lanes," he said. "There are some shoulders that are snow covered and we're working to clear them. We're also working to open up some lanes that have been narrow."
Gischclar said the sun is helping, but some of the secondary roads might still be problematic for drivers.
"The guys are out there working and salting so we don't get a refreeze," he said.
Some of the secondary roads still had snow, slush and ice on them, such as Maryland Route 704, where there was really just one lane for traffic in each direction, as opposed to the usual three. Some of the smaller roads, such as Route 953, were almost impassable. Meeting drivers coming from the other direction -- especially when it involved hills and blind corners -- involved lots of courtesy and driving cautiously. Here is some advice from Dr. Gridlock on driving this weekend.
The only problem I really encountered was snow blowing off vehicles in front of me. If you're hitting the roads, please take the time to brush the snow from the top surfaces of your car. It's really disconcerting to have huge chunks of snow flying at your windshield on the highway.
Before you head out, remember you can always check out road conditions and view the feeds from traffic cameras on our traffic page.
December 20, 2009; 1:47 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Weather , highways
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