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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Prince George's instituting liberal leave

By Washington Post editors

As the first flakes begin to fall in Prince George’s County on Friday, officials are gearing up to deploy hundreds of trucks to clear the roadways, and the county government has instituted a “liberal leave” policy, allowing some non-essential government workers to go home early, officials said.

Starting at 1 p.m., nearly 300 vehicles at a time will begin working in 12-hour shifts, round-the-clock, “to keep more than 1,821 miles (5,000+ lane miles) of county-maintained roadways clear of snow and ice to ensure the safety of residents, citizens, and others traveling through the county,” according to a statement from the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation.

County Executive Jack B. Johnson tapped the resources of other county agencies besides DPWT — which typically handles the snow response — including the departments of Environmental Resources and Central Services, to provide more trucks than normal as the region braces for the major storm.

Officials encouraged motorists to avoid driving if possible.They said primary roads would be services first, followed by secondary and residential streets. Officials also reminded residents and business owners to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice, as well as
nearby fire hydrants, if possible.

--Jonathan Mummolo

By Washington Post editors  | February 5, 2010; 11:58 AM ET
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