Freezing rain is now falling throughout New Castle County. Delaware Department of Transportation crews are responding to icy conditions, as needed, while continuing to plow roads and spread salt on roads that remain dangerous after last week’s snow storm. Surface temperatures remain below freezing throughout Delaware.
The National Weather Service has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for New Castle County. The advisory will remain in effect from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The NWS expects ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch on northern Delaware roads. Untreated roads and sidewalks could become hazardous, and travel could become difficult. Drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and should not follow other vehicles as closely as they normally would. Temperatures will be in the teens and 20s this morning and rise about freezing by early afternoon.
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:
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.
Written on: January 4th, 2014 in Alert Messages, Elkton Road, Ellendale, Georgetown, I-95 Delaware Toll Plaza, I95/SR1 Interchange, Indian River Inlet Bridge, Kent, Milford, Millsboro, New Castle, Route 1, Route 26, Route 40, Route 54, Safety, Sussex, US113, US301, Weather 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.
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.