BANGOR – The Maine Department of Transportation is urging motorists to drive safely when the roads are icy.
MDOT Highway Maintenance Engineer Brian Burne said even if the thermostat says it is above freezing, the roads can still freeze.
Burne along with other department employees are urging drivers to think before they drive. Burne said drivers should slow down significantly.
“Our plow crews are out there and they’re working hard and they’re trying to anticipate everything that’s going on. But sometimes people don’t realize that a plow route can be an hour and a half to two hours long. So when ice forms in a second it takes a little while to get that ice treated.”
Burne said MDOT uses a mix of salt sizes.
The fine pieces will melt quickly into the ice, while the larger pieces will last longer on the roads.