From the Maryland State Highway Administration:
Two Home Football Games and Winter Weather May Present Traffic Challenges on Sunday
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) warns motorists that weekend travel may be hazardous as a complicated weather system makes its way toward the State. The system is projected to arrive just as fans flock to home football games in Baltimore City and Largo. Drivers are encouraged to carefully monitor the forecast and stay abreast of road conditions by visiting md511.org. – know before you go!
“Thousands of football fans will head to two of the largest regions in the state on Sunday, and we want everyone to both arrive at the games and get home safely” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “If you travel, leave for the games with plenty of extra time, or consider using use mass transit if at all possible.”
SHA is closely tracking the storm and will assign equipment and staff as needed.
“If the rain stops on Saturday and the pavement dries, SHA crews may pre-treat highways to help prevent snow and ice from forming and adhering to the road surface at the onset of the storm,” added Peters. “Crews are prepared to adjust operations as, or if the forecast changes.”
If it changes to snow, crews will plow and salt as needed, and motorists are cautioned to modify driving behavior for conditions. Travel planning is essential for safety during winter weather, not only for drivers but for pedestrians, too. SHA advises drivers to look out for pedestrians, especially around the football arenas, and keep these tips in mind:
– Slow down, use caution, allow plenty of distance between vehicles, use snow tires and allow plenty of time for travel.
– Sign up for SHA’s FREE service — the “511 Traveler Information” system. Know Before You Go! Dial 511 from a land line or mobile phone for traffic, weather alerts and road conditions. For internet access, visit www.MD511.org.
If your vehicle does become disabled, make every effort to move from the travel lane and onto the shoulder.
Remain alert for inactive traffic signals as a result of power outages. Use EXTREME caution and treat it is as a four-way stop – it’s the law.
Remember to buckle up, “Take It Slow on Ice and Snow” and drive sober!
Before leaving, log onto www.roads.maryland.gov and click the CHART icon for the latest road conditions, live traffic cameras and a variety of information to help with travel decisions and planning. Customers can also follow SHA on Facebook and Twitter.