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Most Primary Roads Now Wet Or Clear

Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

Most primary roads in New Castle County are now wet or clear, although some icy patches remain on Del. 1 in the southern part of the county. Primary roads in Kent County are also now wet or clear. Primary roads in Sussex County are now wet with patches of ice. A portion of secondary roads […]


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Chance Of Freezing Rain Between 30 Percent and 40 Percent

Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert MessagesElkton RoadEllendaleGeorgetownI-95 Delaware Toll PlazaI95/SR1 InterchangeIndian River Inlet BridgeKentMilfordMillsboroNew CastleRoute 1Route 26Route 40Route 54SafetySussexUS113US301Weather Related Notices

Freezing rain could affect Delaware roads Sunday morning. According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, New Castle County faces a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of freezing rain between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Kent County faces a 30 percent chance of freezing rain between 12 a.m. and early morning. And Sussex County faces […]


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Minor Roads Remain Covered

Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports that minor roads and bus routes in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties remain covered with ice and snow, as deep as six inches in portions of Kent.  Most of the state’s primary roads are now clear or wet, although patches of ice remain on some major roads in […]


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Why DelDOT Does Not Plow All Roads

Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

While the Delaware Department of Transportation is responsible for maintenance of 89 percent of roads in the state, DelDOT does not plow roads and streets that are maintained by towns or cities.  DelDOT also does not plow roads within privately owned subdivisions. DelDOT does plow some roads that are within city or town limits, but […]


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How DelDOT Decides Where To Work First

Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

The Delaware Department of Transportation assigns priority levels to each road, taking into account the amount of traffic it typically carries, population density in the surrounding areas and how crucial it is to functioning of the overall road system. To learn where your road is classified, please visit the following website, which has links to […]


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Why You Might See A Snow Plow Driving Fast

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

Snow removal operations must proceed as quickly and safely as possible in order to plow as many miles of road as possible in a limited amount of time.  The Delaware Department of Transportation is responsible for more than 12,000 lane- miles of roads, or 89 percent of the roads in Delaware. Drivers are trained to […]


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DelDOT Scaling Back Road Crews Overnight

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesElkton RoadEllendaleGeorgetownI-95I-95 Delaware Toll PlazaI95/SR1 InterchangeIndian River Inlet BridgeKentMilfordMillsboroNew CastleRailroad CrossingsRoute 1Route 26Route 40Route 54SafetySussexUS113US301Weather Related Notices

As darkness and dropping temperatures slowed progress, the Delaware Department of Transportation scaled back road-clearing crews in New Castle County shortly after sunset. DelDOT will reduce road-clearing crews in Kent County at 8 p.m. and will reduce road-clearing crews in Sussex County at 9 p.m. Partial crews will remain on duty throughout the night to monitor […]


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DelDOT Battles Drifts And Near-Zero Temperatures

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesElkton RoadEllendaleGeorgetownI-95I-95 Delaware Toll PlazaI95/SR1 InterchangeIndian River Inlet BridgeKentMilfordMillsboroNew CastleRailroad CrossingsRoute 1Route 26Route 40Route 54SafetySussexUS113Weather Related Notices

Across Delaware, DelDOT crews continue to battle drifting snow and frigid temperatures. The major challenges now are winds that blow the snow back into the roadways and low temperatures that cause the road salt to be less effective. Primary and secondary roads statewide are covered in a thin layer of packed snow and ice. Despite […]


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What To Do If You Get Stuck #snowDE

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow and ice, please follow this advice from the AAA: Do not attempt to free your vehicle by using raw power. Rapid or forceful pressure upon your accelerator will often result in your vehicle digging its wheels into a deeper rut. Use smarts and finesse instead. First, clear snow […]


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Drifting, Low Temps Challenge Road Crews

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesSafetyWeather Related Notices

Road temperatures throughout Delaware are below freezing and falling toward zero, a range in which salt melts ice and snow less effectively. Adding to the hazards on state roads is continuous drifting in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. As a result, driving conditions remain hazardous — even on the primary roads that the Delaware […]


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