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Posted on: February 14, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Highway Operations Office Continues to Open and Widen County Roads

The hardest hit areas with heavy snow accumulation and major drifting are in Emmitsburg, Thurmont, Adamstown, Jefferson and Middletown. Crews have also been working today to widen as many of the main roads as possible, including New Design Road, Old Frederick Road, Crestwood Boulevard, Holter Road, Old Annapolis Road and Old Middletown Road.

Motorists are advised to use extreme caution while driving because many roads will be narrow in many locations for several weeks. Please be courteous to other motorists and be prepared to share the narrow lanes. Narrow roads must be widened by heavy equipment such as front end loaders and road graders equipped with v-shaped drift blades due to the heavy snow accumulation and major drifting that the area encountered. This is a very time consuming process and will take several weeks to complete.

Officials stress that they will be widening the main roads first and will then concentrate efforts on the secondary roads and then widening all developments. The public is asked to be patient during this process because there will be delays.

Officials also ask the public to be patient and courteous when encountering snow removal equipment. While driving, the motorist will encounter temporary road closures in order to safely remove drifting. Drift removal will be occurring in all areas of Frederick County. The cooperation and patience of the citizens will be greatly appreciated by the Frederick County Division of Public Works.

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