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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert Messages, Elkton Road, Ellendale, Georgetown, I-95, I-95 Delaware Toll Plaza, I95/SR1 Interchange, Indian River Inlet Bridge, Kent, Milford, Millsboro, New Castle, Railroad Crossings, Route 1, Route 26, Route 40, Route 54, Safety, Sussex, US113, US301, Weather 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.
Written on: January 3rd, 2014 in Alert Messages, Elkton Road, Ellendale, Georgetown, I-95, I-95 Delaware Toll Plaza, I95/SR1 Interchange, Indian River Inlet Bridge, Kent, Milford, Millsboro, New Castle, Railroad Crossings, Route 1, Route 26, Route 40, Route 54, Safety, Sussex, US113, Weather 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.
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.
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