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For Immediate Release:

*TRAVEL ADVISORY*

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION CREWS CONTINUE PATROLS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING; AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL AND BE ON ALERT FOR POTENTIALLY ICY CONDITIONS

Take It Slow in Ice and Snow; Stay Alert for Possible Re-Freeze

January 26, 2015

State Highway Administration (SHA) crews will patrol through the night and tomorrow morning to treat any additional winter precipitation and patrol for potential refreeze.  Drivers are urged to avoid unnecessary travel as pavement temperatures hover below the freezing mark and icy conditions are possible.  Plan ahead now for the morning commute, and consider delaying travel. Drivers should check conditions at www.MD511.org or call 511 (1-855-GOMD511 outside the region) for current travel and weather information. Long distance travelers headed north should be aware that travel bans are in effect beginning 9 p.m. in Connecticut and 11 p.m. in New York – for more information drivers should consult sources in those states.

When traveling, drivers should allow extra time, watch for pedestrians navigating icy conditions, make sure wipers work and fill washer fluid.

  • Remember – bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze first. Use caution as pavement temperatures are two to three degrees colder than non-elevated surfaces.
  • Delay travel if possible, and you must travel, plan for plenty of time to reach your destination.  Slow down and increase your following distance.  Posted speed limits are set for ideal weather conditions.
  • If driving behind a snow plow or salt truck, provide plenty of space (at least 7-8 car lengths) behind the truck.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicles are just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as regular two-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle’s headlights, roof and from other places that may obstruct vision or become a danger to other motorists.
  • No hand-held mobile phone use or texting when driving.
  • Wipers on, lights on!
  • MOVE OVER – fender benders with no injuries, move out of travel lanes!
  • MOVE OVER to free lanes away from emergency vehicles during incidents.
  • Always buckle up – all ages, all seats.

Customers may also follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/MarylandStateHighwayAdministration.

Media Contact:
SHA Office of Customer Relations and Information: 410-545-0303

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