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Governor Hogan Closes Interstates to Safely Clear Snow

January 24, 2016

 

 Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the immediate closure of the entire 34.7-mile length of I-270 and I-70 from I-81 in Washington County to the Baltimore Beltway. The highways will remain closed until 7:00 am Sunday to all motorists except for emergency personnel. The closures follow snow related traffic incidents involving several tractor trailers and other vehicles on both interstates.

   This means that the major Interstate to and from Germantown will be closed to traffic other than emergency personnel.

    “As the state continues to fiercely fight Snow Storm Jonas, I want the citizens of Maryland to know that the state is taking every step necessary to ensure their safety,” said Governor Hogan. “Closing I-70 and I-270 will give us the time needed to deploy all our resources to clear these essential interstates as quickly as possible as we prepare to get our transportation network back up and running. I am urging all Marylanders to stay off every road in the state, whether it’s the interstate or a local road. Stay safe and stay at home while crews do their jobs.”

   “Please stay home where you are safe and give us the time and space to our jobs,” said Maryland transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. “We can clear snow and ice on an empty highway much faster than one littered with cars and tractor trailers.”

   The Maryland State Police have sent out a tweet reading. “Travel on any MD road tonight is extremely hazardous. If you go out, you jeopardize your safety and hinder highway snow removal efforts.”

    Earlier this evening Capt. David Gillespie, the Commander of the 5th District – Germantown Montgomery County Police urged residents of the UpCounty area to stay off the roads. “Please, please tell people to stay home!” said Gillespie in an email to Germantown Pulse. “This is a dangerous situation. People are getting stranded, and it creates problems for the plows.” He said roads in the UpCounty area continued to be in bad shape despite the efforts to keep them clear. “Secondary roads are not passable. Main roads are also not passable,” said Gillespie.

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