Charles County, Maryland

Snow Removal - Who Else Clears Snow

Snow Removal - Who Else Clears Snow

  • Private roads with 911 addresses are marked with a small diamond in the upper right-hand corner of the sign. The maintenance of these roads is the responsibility of the homeowners and are not plowed by the County.
  • All numbered roads (Rt. 301, etc) in the county are state roads and are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
  • Charles County hires approximately 100 private contractors to assist plowing and sanding roads. These utilize dump trucks, farm tractors, 4x4 pickup trucks, and backhoes. If you don't see a large white County truck on your road, please do not assume that your road was not treated. Many residential roads are only accessible by 4x4 pickup trucks that do not have County markings on them.


Call the police or fire department at 911 in life threatening emergencies and for fire and rescue services only. An emergency problem is rarely solved by an out-of-sequence plowing; police and emergency vehicles are equipped to reach an emergency call quicker than a street can be plowed. The police and fire departments will contact the Roads Division if an emergency vehicle needs assistance to maneuver on a snow or ice-covered street.


For more information about our snow removal operations during a snowstorm, call the Roads Division at 301-932-3450. Additional phone lines have been installed for quicker access.


Both the State of Maryland and Charles County have designated certain roads as Snow Emergency Routes which are prominently marked with signs. When the State and/or County initiates the snow emergency plan, it is illegal to drive without snow tires, mud/snow radials or chains, or to park on these roads. Vehicles without snow tires or chains found blocking snow routes during an emergency may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. State and County snow emergency plans may not be put into effect simultaneously; therefore, pay special attention to news broadcasts when announcements are made. State maintained highways can be identified because they have posted route numbers; County roads do not.

  • If you must drive, equip your vehicle with snow tires or chains. Why risk getting stuck, damaging your car, blocking traffic and snow removal equipment, or incurring towing and impoundment costs and inconvenience?
  • A road that has been salted is safer than one not salted. Please do not pull out in front of trucks to get up a hill faster. If will be much easier after the truck has finished salting.
    • Trucks patrol at the beginning of the storm
    • Spot salting of bridges and elevated roadways
    • Full-scale salting of all primary County roads (arterial roads connecting subdivisions or business districts) and main collector streets through subdivisions
    • Plowing of all residential streets.