Road Crews Battle Strong, Gusting Winds As Snowfall Increases
Centerton Road, from Creek Road (County Route 636) in Mount Laurel to Marne Highway(CR537)/Westfield Road in Moorestown, remains closed as directed by their respective townships late last night as strong winds drifted snow across the highways and made then impassable.
Also, in Willingboro, a small section of Sunset Road (CR634) between Bradford Lane and Levitt Parkway was closed by the County at approximately 7:30 p.m. last night because of drifting snow across the road. It remained closed this morning.
Road crews worked through the night but high winds and increasing snowfall was making it difficult to keep highways clear. Most County schools were closed Friday.
Burlington County Transportation System paratransit service for seniors and those with disabilities was offering limited service. The Office on Aging nutrition sites and Meals on Wheels programs were cancelled. Veterans Transportation and Shopping Service was cancelled. Only medical appointments that were confirmed by the clients were being honored.
BurLink fixed route service was being provided, however, routes are expected to experience delays. NJTransit suspended its bus service in Northern New Jersey but South Jersey lines and the RiverLINE were operating as scheduled.
In most areas of the County, an all-day snow Thursday left little or no accumulation on roads. Highway Department personnel said the wet snow, combined with all the salt on the roads, allowed the snow to melt as soon as it hit the road.
County Highway Department Superintendent Frank Somes said his crews are prepared to work around the clock into Saturday when temperatures are predicted to go into the 40s.
Snow is forecast to continue through mid-day Friday with accummulations expected from 6-12 inches.
This is the 11th snow event of the 2009-2010 winter season for the County Highway Department.