DOT responds to severe winter weather

The Department of Transportation set out Friday to respond to the winter weather warning.

Posted: Jan 13, 2018 12:07 AM

UTICA -- The Department of Transportation set out Friday to respond to the winter weather warning.

DOT crews were out in the afternoon and early evening, preparing the roads to ensure safety for drivers.

Public Information Officer for the DOT, Jim Piccola, says his crews were busy applying more than 200 pounds of salt on the roads.

His crews used two different types of salt on the roads. One to treat the freezing rain, and one more suitable for the snow.

"Right now our folks are out there putting down some salt, actually treated salt," Piccola said. "It's magnesium-chloride, which will help it bond better to the road. And also, once it starts, the freezing rain, it will give our guys some time to get out there with the actual regular rock salt, and keep the roads as safe as we can."

Pecola says crews will work overnight to ensure road safety for drivers. He also says that if you don't have to be on the roads driving, it's best to just stay home.

He says that anyone who has to drive should make sure they have a full tank of gas, make sure their cell phone is charged, and should always let someone know that they are leaving before they head out on the roads.

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