Monday, November 5, 2012

MCDOT Responds to Hurricane Sandy

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) was an integral part of the County’s storm response effort during Hurricane Sandy.  Staff served in the Emergency Operations Center, and the Division of Highway Services (DHS) kept their Storm Operations Center open throughout the emergency to coordinate responses to fallen trees flooding and other issues.  

Prior to the storm, DHS mobilized 20 tree crews and ramped up contractual resources to deal with damage and clean up.  

To help the public during the storm, MCDOT eliminated parking fees for County parking garages, lots and on-street meters for two days. 

DHS used their Storm Operations Map to provide information on closed roads.  The map was initially designed to show plowing progress during snow storms and now has been expanded for use year round.  View the map at DHS’ website

As winter approaches and with it, the threat of snow storms, MCDOT urges residents to prepare by removing leaves and debris from gutters, storm drain inlets and catch basins so rainwater or snow melt can easily flow, reducing possible flooding.

Should there be additional power outages at traffic signals, motorists are reminded that a new State law requires a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic signal to treat the intersection as a four-way stop and yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection. Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident.  If the violation contributes to a collision, the fine is $130 and three points.

MC311 operated continuously during the worst part of the storm. Residents needing information are reminded to contact MC311 by calling 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit MC311’s website