DOT prepares for winter storm

Updated: 02/04/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 02/04/2014 10:42 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

As another winter storm heads our way, what are the people in charge of our highways doing before the storm hits to make sure you're as safe as possible on Wednesday?

In just a matter of hours, many snow plows will be out on the expressways. The Department of Transportation in this region is responsible for maintaining the roads in seven counties.

DOT spokesperson Lori Maher says the break in snowfall over the last couple of days has allowed snow plow operators to rest and others to work on the trucks, check on the salt inventory and prepare for what is predicted to happen.

Maher says it will be business as usual for transportation workers. She says the DOT has about 109 trucks in this region and when it snows, all of them are used. About 35 stay in Monroe County.

The DOT is responsible for clearing the expressways here in Monroe County. It partners with transportation departments in other municipalities to help clear state and local roads in the region.

Maher says the DOT normally operates with two shifts, but when there is a weather event they work around the clock.

“Every truck has an assigned beat and everyone goes out every time. We do have a couple that we can account for breakdowns and repair and those sort of things. We have a huge fleet office and they're busy all winter long, and all summer for that matter, keeping our trucks in a ready mode. So we are ready to go. We’ve not been busy pushing back snow banks or we haven't been having problems, so we're ready to go with whatever happens tonight,” said Maher.

Maher is advising people to prepare ahead of time, get up a little earlier and plan to take an alternate route.

She also says to be patient If it seems your street has been missed, keep in mind it probably was plowed earlier. According to Maher it takes about two hours for trucks to get through their assigned routes and come back, and sometimes the plow trucks get stuck in traffic, just like you.

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