D.C. mayor: Black ice a threat for Monday drivers

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WASHINGTON — Cabin fever is setting in and conditions on major roads are improving — a perfect combination to tempt people to hop in the car Monday, but D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging drivers to continue to stay off the roads.

“We are pleased with the progress we have made on our major arterials. All of them are passable and many of them are down to the blacktop — now we have to get full access from curb to curb,” she said on WTOP Sunday.

Crews have started work on secondary and residential streets, but having lots of drivers on the road can impede progress, Bowser says.

“We are looking forward to another big cleanup day [Monday.] We continue to ask people to stay off the road so our plows can have access to the streets,” she says.

The passable streets may give drivers a false sense of security on the roads, but Bowser says black ice will be a problem.

“For the rest of the week at night, we are expecting temperatures well below freezing, which makes just about every treatment we put on the road ineffective,” she says.

Roads will be icy — especially in the mornings — which could mean trouble for drivers and pedestrians.

“We are asking neighbors to shovel,” she says. “One way to get a city back to normal is to have passable sidewalks.”

Listen to Bowser’s interview on WTOP:

June 13, 2024 | 'One way to get a city back to normal is to have passable sidewalks.' (D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on WTOP)
Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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