Md. officials: traffic volume impacted road treatment

(WUSA9) -- Maryland's State Highway Administration says crews responded in force to Wednesday morning's storm only to find roads clogged with traffic because schools and major employers did not delay openings.

"We're stuck in the same traffic as everyone else," said Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the SHA.

The heaviest pulse of snow hit at the height of the rush hour and pavement temperatures were in the mid- to upper 20's, according to Gischlar.

Gischlar said at least 250 trucks and crews were deployed in Montgomery and Prince George's counties before the snow began at 4 a.m. Gischlar said that is the same force that was put on the road to handle the season's largest storm February 13th.

Maryland highways including US Route 50 were pre-treated with salt brine before the Wednesday morning snow event and there was significant salt residue left over from Tuesday's light snowfall.

However, traffic stood in the way of SHA efforts once the snow began. "Trucks that aren't moving, aren't able to spread salt efficiently," Gischlar said.


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