Sussex Countians Prepare for the Season's First Snowfall
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 9:36 PM
By Madeleine Overturf
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- With a weekend forecast predicting snow, city and state agencies across Sussex County spent Friday preparing for a potential storm.
At the Delaware Department of Transportation's Gravel Hill Yard, brine tankers were filled up and over 5,000 tons of salt was readied for the weekend. The agency has 21,000 tons of salt in all of Sussex County.
South District Engineer Alastair Probert asks that drivers use caution when hitting the roadways.
"Be aware that our plow trucks have a lot of blind spots on them so they're not
necessarily aware of where you're at," he tells WRDE. "Be aware of some areas especially when it gets dark
where there will be some re-freezing so there will be some slippery spots we haven't hit yet."
Milford Public Works Director Mark Whitfield says they plan to pre-treat roads Friday night and has a full staffing plan as the storm approaches.
"Everyone it's all hands on deck basically," he tells WRDE. "So everyone will be prepared to come in if need be."
Whitfield says his drivers will be ready to change schedules if Mother Nature's plans become more fierce.
"We do split our crews up so they are only working 12 hour shifts so if it really gets to be a large shift then we'll go into a shift mode," he explains.
DelDOT says drivers can contact the Transportation Management Center at any point over the weekend to report any travel or traffic related issues by dialing the following numbers: #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.