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Recognize Danger Zones #snowDE

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

The Delaware Department of Transportation has predicted a 30 percent to 40 percent chance of freezing rain after midnight and early Sunday morning. Also, ice and snow from the Jan. 3 storm remain on some of Delaware’s primary and secondary roads — in addition to most of its minor roads and in subdivisions. If you must drive tonight, please be aware of these especially dangerous situations and drive appropriately:


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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 in New Castle and Kent are wet or clear, although secondary roads in Sussex remain snow-covered. Most Delaware Department of Transportation road crews will have gone home for the night after 9 p.m. Most will resume plowing roads and spreading salt and sand on Sunday morning.


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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 a 30 percent chance of freezing rain between 12 a.m. and early morning. With a fresh onslaught of Arctic air expected to arrive in the early week, DelDOT expects temperatures to remain below freezing. The department recommends that drivers keep their fuel tanks at least half-filled and to dress appropriately in case they become stranded.


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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 Sussex. All DelDOT snow-removal crews based in Kent and Sussex are on the road, plowing and spreading salt. Most snow removal crews based in New Castle are on the road, too, plowing and spreading salt.


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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 only those that are designated state maintained roads. Residents of incorporated towns or cities should first check with local government officials to learn if your street or road is municipally maintained.

For example, in the town of Greenwood, DelDOT plows Market Street, because that road is part of Del. 16, which is a major route for motorists heading east and west in Sussex County. In Dover, DelDOT plows North and South Dupont Highways for the same reason.


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Freezing Rain Expected

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

Delaware Department of Transportation crews continue to clean up after snow that fell late Thursday and early Friday, but a new threat to the state’s roads is already on its way. DelDOT expects freezing rains to fall in all three counties early Sunday.


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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 maps of each county:

https://deldot.gov/information/pubs_forms/func_maps/pdf/functional_classification.pdf

Roads are typically assigned to one of three major categories:

Primary Roads, also known as Arterial Routes and/or Expressways

Definition: Multi-lane highways, and some two-lane roads designed to carry heavy traffic volumes between major destinations.

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Secondary Roads, also known as Collector Routes

Definition: These roads receive less traffic than primary roads, but are the main feeder routes to the primary roads.

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Local Roads

Definition:  Roads that are used to travel to and from less densely populated residential or agricultural areas, used primarily by those who live along them.

  • These roads frequently have three-number designations.

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