NYSDOT prepares for winter storm

The New York State Department of Transport (NYSDOT) is working around the clock as they gear up for Wednesday’s winter storm.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 12:22 AM

The New York State Department of Transport (NYSDOT) is working around the clock as they gear up for Wednesday’s winter storm.

NYSDOT Spokesperson Jim Piccola says plows are increasing the amount of salt that will go on roads.

"Earlier today we were putting about 180 pounds per line mile,” Piccola said. “I was talking with the foreman. I think they’re going to bump that up to 200 pounds per lane mile."

Piccola says the windy weather and the low visibility could be a challenge for plow drivers.

"They're on 12 hour shifts so they do get tired. One of the other things that they do face, depending on the rate of snow, is visibility. Also, with the blowing and drifting too."

Piccola says it's important not to get too close to plows while they’re on the roads.

“If you are behind a plow, give those folks some room. A rule of thumb is if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you. Let them do their job and it’ll get you to where you want to go safely."

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