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Snow and Ice Control
MaineDOT has a fleet of roughly 400 plow trucks that are used to control snow and ice on approximately 8300 lane miles of Maine’s state roads. Like most entities that maintain high-speed, high-volume highways, MaineDOT uses an anti-icing approach to snow and ice control that is very effective for returning roads to bare pavement after a storm ends.
Maine typically receives an annual snowfall of around 60 to 70 inches in the southern part of the state and about 110 inches in the western mountains and northern areas. Average winter temperatures are usually between 13 and 23 F, but minimum temperatures into the -20s and below are not uncommon. MaineDOT usually plans on an average of about 30 “treatable” events in a winter.
To see the current snow depths in Maine, please visit the NOAA Snow Maps Web page for Maine.
MaineDOT snow fighters are some of the most talented and dedicated professionals in the business, however, they need your help out there when you are traveling throughout Maine during winter storms: please give the plows as much room as possible and always remember, in ice and snow, take it slow.
For more information about MaineDOT's snow and ice program, please see the links on the left.
This page last updated on 1/11/11
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