Crews from Montgomery County's Division of Highway Services and the Maryland State Highway Administration are monitoring roadway conditions and treating trouble spots as needed.
Real-Time Snow Operations Information is available on this site.
When it snows, snow fighters concentrate on keeping the major County roads and primary neighborhood streets passable. These roads are cleared down to bare pavement as soon as possible after the storm is over.
Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 3 or more inches deep and the temperature indicates that there will be no melting. However, when the snow depth is 3 inches or less and the afternoon sun is melting it, the County lets the sun do the work, saving you tax dollars. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street, where the County plows are unable to remove it completely. In this situation, a mixture of sand and salt is spread to provide adequate traction.
After the snow stops falling and after the major County roads and primary neighborhood streets are cleared, crews concentrate on clearing snow from all neighborhood streets and sanding as promptly as possible.
Please be patient! Streets are plowed according to their priority and reviewed at the end of each season. Snow fighters work around the clock until all 2,400 miles of County-maintained streets are passable. We will use a force of 200 employees, 173 peices of snow removal equipment, and we have available 35,500 tons of salt and sand to get the job done.
1. Patrols at the start of the storm
2. Spot salting of bridges and elevated roadways
3. Full-scale salting of all major County roads (arterial roads connecting subdivisions or business districts) and primary neighborhood streets (main collector streets through subdivisions)
4. Plowing of all major County roads
5. Plowing of all primary neighborhood streets and all other residential streets
6. Spot sanding of hills and intersections on residential streets
This plan assures that County residents are within 3 or 4 blocks of a treated roadway during the course of a storm and that complete vehicular access is available as soon as possible when the storm is over.
Channel 55 (channel 5 on cable-ready sets) the County Government's channel, continuously updates roadway conditions within the County.
Real-Time Snow Operations Information is available on this site.
For information about our snow removal operations during a snowstorm, call the Division of Highway Services at 217-2159. More lines are now available to make it easier to reach us.
The County's emergency information telephone number is 217-8800. It will also provide continuous updates on road conditions.
For more information about school and government closings and snow removal, check the County's home page and the Department of Public Works and Transportation's home page.
Both the State of Maryland and Montgomery County have designated certain roads as SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES, prominently marked with red and white signs. When the State and/or the County initiates the snow emergency plan, it is illegal to drive without snow tires, mud/snow radials or chains, or to park on these roads. Vehicles without snow tires or chains found blocking snow routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. State and County snow emergency plans are not put into effect simultaneously; therefore, pay special attention to the news broadcasts when announcements are made. State-maintained highways can be identified because they have posted route numbers. County roads do not.
Clearing driveways and entrances is the responsibility of the property owner. Commercial and multi-family property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks at their properties. We appeal to our residents to clear sidewalks in front of their homes, because funds and forces are not available for this service.
All numbered roads in the county are state roads and are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Other departmental divisions, outside agencies and governmental jurisdictions have responsibility for plowing. They include: Transportation's Facilities and Services Division and its Division of Transit Services (which will clear as many of its highest ridership 5,000 shelters and bus stops as it can), the Montgomery County Board of Education, the Maryland-National Park & Planning Commission, Metro, municipalities and homeowner's associations. Commercial parking lots plow their property and may not move snow into the street.
Call the Police and Fire Departments at 911 in life-threatening emergencies and for Fire and Rescue services only. An emergency problem is rarely solved by an out-of-sequence plowing; police and emergency vehicles are equipped to reach an emergency call quicker than a street can be plowed. The Police and Fire Departments will contact the Division of Highway Services if an emergency vehicle needs assistance to maneuver on a snow or ice-covered street.
Highway Services crews have thousands of miles of pavement to patrol, so they appreciate helpful calls from citizens giving the exact location of the pothole, with a specific address or intersection. Crews will repair potholes on County-maintained roads promptly. Just call 217-2159.
Real-Time Transit information is available on this site, as well as on County Cable 55. Route changes related to storm conditions are updated regularly and annouced on the Transit Information phone line, 217-7433.
Real-Time School Closing information is available on this site, as well as on County Cable 55. If schools are closed or school schedules are changed because of bad weather, the news is relayed over the local radio and television stations immediately after the decision is made. You may also call 279-3673.
Real-Time School Facility Closing information is available on this site, as well as on County Cable 55. Community activities scheduled in school facilities are automatically canceled when public schools close early or for the entire day because of snow. Weekend or holiday cancellations are announced on local television and radio stations as soon as the decision is made. You can also get information on snow closings by calling 217-2706.
Real-Time Library Closing information is available on this site, as well as on County Cable 55. If you wonder if the library is open, call 217-8800. After the message announcing openings/closings in Montgomery County, press 1 for changes in scheduled programs and activities and then press 1 again for an up-to-date status, including closing times of branches, conditions of parking lots and how library fines will be handled.
Real-Time Montgomery College Closing information is available on this site, as well as on County Cable 55. If classes are suspended because of snow, you will hear the announcements on our local radio and television stations. Please don't call the College to ask about school closings. If you don't hear anything on the radio or TV, assume that the College is open for business as usual.
For General information about Metro Schedules and routes, and their status during storms, call 202-637-7000 between 6:30 am and 10:00 pm on weekdays, and from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekends.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
DOUGLAS M. DUNCAN. COUNTY EXECUTIVE
PUBLISHED BY :
THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS & TRANSPORTATION,
DIVISION OF HIGHWAY SERVICES