Updated: 01/07/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 01/07/2014 10:19 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
Treacherous weather conditions made it almost impossible for many drivers Tuesday, even forcing officials to shut down the Thruway in both directions from exit 46 in Henrietta all the way to the Pennsylvania State line.
There were a lot of accidents reported throughout the area Tuesday. The high winds caused very low visibility and on top of that the roads were icy. Those issues played a major role in several accidents and the decision to close down the Thruway.
Even one of our news teams got stuck on the Thruway on the way to Genesee County Tuesday afternoon.
The Department of Transportation says bridges and interchange ramps have also been a huge problem, as they were very slippery.
Even though there were accidents and conditions that caused big headaches Tuesday, the DOT says they are still working around the clock to make the roads safe.
“We've got all of our plow trucks out there. We've got lots of salt and people. The trucks are in good working order, but when it gets to be below 20 degrees the road salt doesn't work as well. We're monitoring it, and sadly we're doing a lot of incident response right now. That's causing traffic delays, so if people could just reduce their speed, relax behind the wheel, don't drive distracted or under the influence, just be careful and get home safe,” said Lori Maher, Department of Transportation.
The city of Rochester is using treated salt on the roads. It's a special kind of salt that can handle these freezing temperatures. Officials say it is working effectively.
Crews from the city and the county will continue to work through the night to make sure the roads are safe for commuters, but it's best to make sure you are still taking it easy on the roads Wednesday morning and give yourself enough time before you head out
At this hour, the portion of the Thruway from Henrietta to Pennsylvania is still closed until further notice.