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Heritage Complex
2662 Riva Road
Annapolis, MD. 21401
(410) 222-7500



Department of Public Works - Highways 

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Winter Preparations

Winter activities related to snow and ice control include plowing snow from the roadway and shoulders, and responsibly applying deicing chemicals to main and collector roads and isolated icy spots to facilitate snow plowing. Preparation for these activities begins in the summer.
We evaluate our fleet and staffing needs for the upcoming season. Our fleet is then serviced and maintained to meet the demands of the winter season. Private companies factor heavily in our snow removal plan as this helps control the costs of snow removal operations. Contracting needs are determined and the process to secure snow removal contractors begins in July. In the fall months, both County owned and contractor equipment is inspected and prepared for winter service. Information for our citizen and business communities regarding the County’s snow removal program is also developed and prepared for outreach efforts in the fall. During the spring months, a thorough review of the previous year’s snow removal activities is conducted. Necessary changes are documented for implementation in the upcoming snow season.
Anne Arundel County uses covered storage facilities for its road salt and stores a total of approximately 11,650 tons of salt at the following locations: Dover Road (Glen Burnie), Mountain Road (Pasadena), Crownsville Road (Annapolis), Broadneck Road (St. Margarets), Duckins Street (Odenton), West Central Avenue (Davidsonville), and at a storage yard in Friendship, MD. At the present time, a small portion of Anne Arundel County’s fleet is also equipped with liquid calcium chloride pre-wetting equipment. Pre- wetting dry salt during its application helps the salt to adhere to the roadway. In contrast, dry salt can “bounce” and blow off the roadway and be less effective.
De-icing materials are an effective tool for maintaining safe winter road conditions. However, Anne Arundel County is aware that excessive use can have negative impacts on the environment. We strive to only apply as much salt as necessary to achieve safe driving conditions. So, what are some of the environmental concerns associated with road salts? Heavy use of road salts has been assessed to cause damage to vegetation, organisms in soil, birds and to other wildlife. Chloride ions from road salts find their way eventually into waterways, whether by direct runoff into surface water or by moving through the soil and groundwater. In surface water, road salts can harm freshwater plants, fish and other organisms that are not adapted to living in saline waters.

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