Written on: January 27th, 2011 in Weather Related Notices
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) crews continued working through the morning and into the afternoon, to clear roads of snow and ice from the overnight storm, and prepare for colder temperatures that will change conditions for motorists tonight. Overall, conditions are improved from this morning’s commute.
In DelDOT’s North District (I95 and North), primary roads are wet, and some primary roads may still have some snow cover, but are passable, while secondary roads may be snow covered. Full staffs remain at work, with 77 plows on the road and over 110 people at work. Primary roads, bridges, bus routes and toll plazas are being salted and plowed. In DelDOT’s Canal District (south of I95 to Kent County), primary roads have less than an inch of snow on them, while all other roadways remain covered. More than 75 vehicles are on the road, with approximately 110 people on duty. Primary roads, bridges, bus routes and toll plazas are being salted and plowed.
The Central District (Kent County) maintenance area reports that primary roadways are wet and some may still have a light amount of snow on them. Secondary and other roads are snow covered. Over 80 vehicles remain on Kent County roads, with nearly 120 people on duty. Primary and secondary roads, bridges, bus routes and toll plazas are being salted and plowed. Roads in Sussex County have been treated. Primary roads are reported to be dry. Salting is occurring as needed.
Some transit services remain affected in New Castle County where Bus Route 17 is not going into Holloway Terrace.
The speed limit on I-495 has been increased to 55 MPH; and restored to 50 MPH on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
Since the start of this most recent storm on Wednesday, DelDOT crews have placed nearly 8,900 tons of salt on the road, with over 7,000 of that total used in New Castle County. An additional 284 tons of a salt/sand mixture were placed in Kent and Sussex Counties.
Motorists should continue to exercise extreme caution when driving today, and be on the watch for hazards such as icy patches, snow covered roadways, downed tree limbs and power lines. This afternoon’s commute may also present problems as temperatures drop and wet areas re-freeze.