Dangerous Road Conditions Possible
Department of Transportation and Public Works (to Oct. 23 2007)
February 11, 2002 1:59 PM
The rapid drop in temperatures forecast for tonight, Feb. 11,
throughout the Maritimes could lead to treacherous driving
conditions in some areas.
Motorists should be alert for slippery conditions due to frost or
black ice. Rain changing to snow, combined with temperatures
dropping to -19 C overnight make it extremely difficult to
predict how pavement will respond to road salt. Salt works
effectively when temperatures are between zero and -10 C.
With 25 to 35 millimetres of rain forecast for today, motorists
should also pay special attention to low-lying roads that can
hold water, which could easily cause a vehicle to hydroplane.
The Department of Transportation and Public Works operates and
maintains more than 23,000 kilometres of roads and 3,900 bridges.
This year's snow and ice removal budget is $36 million. As of
Jan. 26, spending on winter maintenance was up two per cent over
FOR BROADCAST USE:
An advisory from the transportation department.
All this rain, combined with the sudden drop in temperatures
to minus 19 degrees tonight, could lead to hazardous driving
Highway crews say motorists should be on the lookout for
frost and black ice.
A light snowfall after all this rain could hide black ice
underneath, so drivers are urged to be extremely careful.
Contact: Richard Perry
Transportation and Public Works
njm February 11, 2002 1:53 P.M.