Maryland digs big snow, but without big trucks
I'll give the last word before Getting There signs off for today to state Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen, who has been working long and hard since these storms began to keep Maryland's highways passable.
He noted that while Maryland has just gone though two storms of Buffalonian proportions, it does not own as many trucks or as many monstrous pieces of equipment as those that the disposal of authorities in Buffalo or other northern areas. For instance, the state has only two of the massive high-capacity snow blowers that would chew through and spit out the type of dense snow packs on our roads now, and those are generally deployed in the snow-happy counties of far Western Maryland. They were brought down to the lowlands for the past week's snowfall, but they were far to few to deal with the massive challenges the state faced around Baltimore and Washington.
Naturally those vehicles are fiendishly expensive and have limited uses when the snow isn't falling. Yes, I know Maryland's transportation budget is strained, but let's buy the SHA as many as it wants. As I see it, that would be a virtual guarantee we'd never see another storm like this for 50 years. I don't know about you, but I could live with that.