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Annapolis crews prepping roads for expected snowfall

Salt trucks on the roads pre-treating
Posted: 7:37 PM, Nov 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-14 19:42:19-05

There is no turning back now, winter weather is upon us.

Salt trucks and plows have been hard at work already.

"We're ready and winter is going to come a little bit early this year," said Greg Slater, MDOT Highway Administration.

Winter may be early but, it didn't catch the State Highway Department off guard. 

"We have been out pre-treating all of our main roads and commuter routes today. We are going to bring our crews in the middle of the night and be able to plan for the high end of the range and adjust as we need to to make sure the roads are safe and ready to driven on," said Slater.

They have to guess the snowfall levels for each year. For example, in 2017, the snow budget was $53 million, in contrast in 2014 the state spent $149 million to combat mother nature during her coldest months.

They have done their part now it's time we do ours.

"Make sure your car is ready, make sure your wipers are there, make sure everything needs to be done on your car. You're road ready. Tire pressure, wipers, everything along that line so that you don't have any problems along the way," said Slater.

This is the first winter event of the year so you may be out of practice driving in this weather. The State Highway Administration has some advice for you.

"Patience, the number one mistake that we see every day is that people are not adjusting for what they need to do for the weather. So a storm coming in they need to be able to give themselves just a little extra time. Leave a little early if you have to go to work tomorrow, give yourself some time but, also if you're out there driving, give people a little extra space," said Slater.