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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.

Examples:

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.

Examples:

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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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 operate their equipment at safe speeds that will result in an effective snow removal effort over a large area.

If you believe that a vehicle is being driven in a reckless or unsafe manner, please contact DelDOT’s Office of Public Relations at (302) 760-2080 with detailed information about the specific situation.


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Why You Might See Snow Plows With Their Blades Up

Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert MessagesUS113Weather Related Notices

Delaware Department of Transportation snow plows are assigned to plow specific roads, and they must travel quickly, but safely, from one assignment to another. With their plows down, trucks travel more slowly and might need to stop at each crossroad. Further, if a road has been recently salted, driving with the plow down might remove salt that has been applied to help melt snow and ice.


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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 conditions and to respond to emergencies. Most road-clearing crews will return to work on Saturday morning as temperatures rise.


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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 these challenges, more than 400 men and women, employed by DelDOT, continue treating the roads with salt and plowing the snow. These crews worked all day yesterday, and through the night.

Residents are urged to stay off the roads if possible. Not only is it safer for residents, but it allows DelDOT crews more area in which to work safely.


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What To Do If DelDOT Damages Your Mailbox Or Other Property

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

The Delaware Department of Transportation takes every reasonable precaution to minimize or prevent any damage to public or private property during any of its operations. However, if your property was damaged, please call 1 (800) 652-5600.


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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 away from the tires. Then, to improve traction, spread sand, cat litter or some kind of abrasive material around the drive wheels. Finally, shift the car into low gear, and apply slow, gentle pressure to the accelerator.

If you are unable to free your vehicle, and you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911. If your situation is not life-threatening, and you must travel, please call the appropriate emergency operations center.

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 855-7801

Kent County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 735-3474

New Castle County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 395-2700

Wilmington Emergency Operations Center: (302) 576-3914


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