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NYSDOT working to keep roads clear

The New York State Department of Transportation is working around the clock to keep the roadways as clear as possible.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 10:26 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Transportation is working around the clock to keep the roadways as clear as possible.

The DOT started preparing earlier this week.

"We started doing pre-treating of the highways, getting all the machinery ready, making sure the maintenance is done," Jim Piccola with NYSDOT said. "One of the other things we did in preparation is put the salt brine down on the roads, we've been doing that the last day or two."

Piccola is no stranger to preparing for winter storms. He says there are plenty of trucks out to clear the roads.

"Right now, it's just kind of waiting for the event to happen, and we'll react," Piccola said. “This is considered the Oneida east residency; in Oneida county we have two residencies and two sub residencies and in this residency, we have 18 trucks that are dedicated to their beats in this area.”

As COVID-19 cases rise, the DOT has been taking extra precautions to make sure their drivers are healthy and able to treat the roadways.

"We staff 24/7, as different crews come in, the trucks are all sanitized," Piccola said. "Right now, we haven't had too many issues and if we need, we have backup plans to take care of it. All of our guys have been tested, we have enough guys here for this event."

With a lot of people working from home and many schools remote, there shouldn't be that much traffic on the roads, but if you do have to go out, just take it easy.

"During the event, if our folks are out there plowing, please give the plow some room because we want to take care of those roads and get you to where you want to go safely," Piccola said. "If the roads are very bad, stay home if you can."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1650303

Reported Deaths: 47719
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Queens2118128784
Kings2109509118
Suffolk1628183086
Nassau1486692918
Bronx1445195881
Westchester1078572101
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Broome14870336
Saratoga11970145
Schenectady10842178
Ulster10069228
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Putnam836986
Chautauqua7336123
Chemung6440130
Oswego600289
Ontario580188
St. Lawrence553285
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Jefferson480663
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Wayne447364
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Genesee4411118
Madison384885
Clinton361026
Livingston355056
Tompkins345742
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Montgomery3190107
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Warren284155
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Tioga280656
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Orleans245181
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Otsego235543
Washington234352
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Lewis206730
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Delaware151933
Essex134226
Schoharie121012
Yates101426
Schuyler86812
Hamilton2842
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