Public Works Prepping for Frederick Winter

Highway Operations staff underwent training last month.

Frederick, MD – The temperature is steadily dropping and that means Frederick County’s Division of Public Works and the Office of Highway Operations are preparing to keep the roads safe and clear for drivers.

Frederick County contains more than 2,500 miles of roadway and city staff have over 90 pieces of equipment and 24,000 tons of stockpiled salt ready to be dispatched in the event of inclement weather.

Manager of Highway Operations, David Stonesifer said the staff began winter preparations in October with their annual training event.

“Frederick County DPW is ready,” Stonesifer said. “[We’ve been] sharpening our skills on snow removal and preparing for the challenges for this upcoming winter.

Stonesifer said the DPW also has 67,000 gallons of salt brine that is produced in-house to save taxpayers money.

102 permanent road maintenance staff currently work for Highway Operations and they routinely have open job positions for permanent highway workers or technicians to help keep winter roads clear

In addition to the DPW, Frederick County currently works with 16 contractors that have 43 pieces of snow removal equipment and various larger equipment on standby.

Stonesifer said drivers should pay extra attention on the road and should also ensure they are leaving plenty of space between them and other vehicles.

“Give our plow drivers enough room to maneuver to clear the roads,” Stonesifer said. “That’s our top priority is make sure that our drivers and the citizens through Frederick County are safe and getting to their destination.”

Winter Driving Tips

  • Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors and lights prior to driving.
  • Only travel in winter weather when absolutely necessary, and leave early to provide enough time to safely reach the destination.
  • Slow down on winter roads — speed limits are based on road and weather conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment.
  • Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, as they may be icy.

By Timothy Young