Prince George's County Prepared for Winter Weather Predictions

Courtesy of Prince George's County | 1/28/2009, 11:42 a.m.

Prince George's County's Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) crews are prepared for the winter weather mix. DPW&T staff will go into full "snow mode€ working as long as necessary to keep more than 1,800 miles (5,000 lane miles) of county-maintained roadways clear of snow and ice to ensure the safety of residents, citizens, and all who travel through the county.

To assist road crews in keeping roadways clear, residents are requested to:

* Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
* Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
* Park only on the even-numbered sides of streets
It also is important for single-family homeowners or renters and business proprietors to remember that they are responsible for:

* Removal of snow/ice from sidewalks abutting their homes or business establishments

As in all inclement weather conditions, citizens and residents are encouraged to drive for their own safety, as well as that of emergency crews. Should drivers find that they must be on county roadways during or immediately after the storm event, they need to allow extra time and use extreme caution.

In addition to DPW&T staff, members of the department's successful Community Partnering Program will report to DPW&T concerning roadway hazards or conditions within their communities. This allows crews to quickly redeploy where needed.

It should be noted that routes are prioritized for service into three categories: primary, secondary, and residential. Primary and secondary roads receive service first to ensure that public safety and other emergency vehicles can travel. After completion of these roads, residential roads receive service. Residents and citizens may contact the Snow Information Center, which will be open at 7 a.m., in the event of an emergency or to report concerns about roadway conditions by calling 301-350-0500.

During a 12-hour rotating shift, more than 240 vehicles and 250 employees will be clearing Prince George's County maintained roads. Command staff will work out of DPW&T's TRIP Center located at 8414 D'Arcy Road, Forestville, Md.