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10430 Audie Lane
La Plata, MD 20646

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Stephen Staples
Chief of Roads

Main: 301-932-3450
Snow Removal:  888-460-7669
Pothole Hotline:  800-595-7623

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Snow Operations

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The Roads Division is prepared to respond to all winter weather conditions. When snow is forecasted, Snow Logo the Roads Division closely monitors weather conditions and formulates a plan of action based on information provided by multiple agencies.

After the action plan is implemented, County vehicles patrol streets to assess road conditions. As needed, spot salting will be utilized for bridges and elevated roadways. County and contract forces will apply salt to all primary and major residential neighborhood County roads if deemed effective for the forecasted weather.

When it snows, County and contract snowplows concentrate on keeping primary and major residential neighborhood County roads passable. Plowing generally begins when snow becomes 1 to 3 inches deep and the temperature indicates there will be no melting.

After the storm, roads are cleared down to bare pavement. However, the type of snow as well as the wind and temperature may delay clearing of roads. Even after plowing, snow that has been hard packed by traffic often remains on the street and the plows are unable to completely remove it. Salt and/or sand may be used to provide adequate traction.

Please be patient! Roads are plowed according to their priority and reviewed at the end of each season. County employees work around the clock until the more than 2,100 County maintained roads are passable. The Roads Division uses approximately 60 employees, 100 contractors, and 200 pieces of snow removal equipment, and utilizes four salt storage sites throughout the County. 

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