Road crews try to prepare for morning rush hour

February 03, 2010

Trying to stay ahead of Tuesday night's snowfall, local and state road crews were out plowing and salting main roadways to prepare for this morning's rush hour. The National Weather Service ar Sterling, Va., predicted between 2 and 4 inches of snow throughout the Baltimore metro area before it tapers off about 7 a.m. Adrienne Barnes, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Transportation, said 125 city vehicles were put into service as the snow began to fall and were plowing or salting main roadways and interstates. She said the city still has $1.2 million in its budget for snow removal and treatment. "We'll be out there all night and this morning," Barnes said. Mariska Jordan, spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration, said statewide there were nearly 1,500 snow removal and salting pieces of equipment pressed into service. She said SHA personnel monitor some 100 statewide cameras, directing equipment as the need arises. Like the city, state crews expected to work into midmorning, she said.

- Richard Irwin


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