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SHA designates emergency parking areas for truckers during snowstorms

December 27, 2011

Truck drivers in Maryland now have designated places to stop during snowstorms.

Six park-and-ride lots across the state have been selected as emergency lots for truck drivers going through Maryland by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA), and the I-95 Corridor Coalition, according to a press release from the Maryland State Highway Administration's website, http://sha.maryland.gov.

These lots will be cleared for truck drivers to park during snowstorms of six inches or more.

"Our goal is to help truckers going through Maryland make informed decisions during a snowstorm," said SHA spokesman David Buck. "These are lots with lower usage that can accommodate large trucks."

A new "mobile app" was also announced to inform truck drivers of the six lots and the other existing lots, according to the press release. Users can download it to their phone, and it will show where they are with a blue circle on a map, where regular truck parking options are with a green tab on the same map, and where emergency parking options are with a blue tab.

To download the map application on a smart phone, users need an iPhone iOS 5+, iPad iOS 3+, Android 2.2+ or BlackBerry 6+, according to the press release.

The closest emergency lot to Hagerstown is at Exit 56 to Md. 144 off westbound Intertate 70 in Frederick, Md., according to the press release.

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There are two emergency lots in Montgomery County, one in Harford County, and one in Prince George's County.

According to Buck, truck drivers do not have to stop in these six locations, and there are other spots further west in Maryland that are good places to stop.

"Truckers already know their go-to spots," he said. "We just wanted to inform them of these six lots because they are available and usually have lots of space."

The park-and-ride lots include facilities operated by the SHA and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), which will be responsible for removing the snow on the lots.

The parking options can also be viewed from an interactive map online or a pdf map that can be downloaded and printed.

The page displaying emergency parking options for trucks can be viewed by going to the SHA website.

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