The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is preparing for messy and dangerous roads conditions that will accompany Monday’s snow storm.
SHA is 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.
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.
Plan your route in advance by using the "511 Traveler Information" system. Know Before You Go! Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions. For internet access, visit http://www.MD511.org.
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