The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is reminding the public that with winter weather expected Wednesday across Massachusetts, drivers should monitor conditions and allow extra time for travel.
“This storm is expected to bring snow, freezing rain, sleet, and ice to locations across the Commonwealth meaning that members of the public should monitor roadway conditions and make informed decisions before heading out onto the roadways,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “While the initial early morning commute may be free of impacts, we expect that heavy snow and mixed precipitation including sleet and freezing rain will fall throughout the day, possibly creating challenging conditions for the afternoon commute. Drivers should reduce speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and provide plenty of space to snow and ice equipment on the roadways.”
MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather including pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.
If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
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