Road crews ready for snowy Wednesday

February 06, 2018 11:26 PM

The Capital Region is preparing to be walloped by more snow Wednesday. 

“We're expecting 5-8 inches according to the news forecast,” said East Greenbush Department of Public Waste Commissioner, Scott Gallerie.

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Snow removal crews spent much of the day Tuesday making sure they are ready. 

“Today is prep day before the storm,” Gallerie said. “It's truck maintenance. It's stock piling salt. We just finished taking our delivery in yesterday and we're basically getting things ready for tomorrow morning.” 

Gallerie said crews have one-thousand tons of salt in the shed and eight trucks ready to go, including plows and slaters. 

His crew of about 17 people are prepared to be working up to 13 hour shifts to keep the roads and streets clear. 

New York State Department of Transportation workers also used Tuesday to get ahead of the storm. 
“As far as equipment we've got about 190 plow trucks at the ready and that's part of obviously a larger state wide fleet,” said NYSDOT Regional Public Information Officer, Bryan Viggiani.
About 500 DOT crew members will be on hand to help keep the roads clear.

They'll have no shortage of salt to do it. 

“Just here in the region we've got close to 35,000-36,000 tons of salt on hand and that's part of a statewide amount of 384,000 thousand tons across the state,” Viggiani said. 

But officials said drivers are also partially responsible for road safety. 

“Give yourself plenty of time both in the amount of time you think it's going to point a to point b,” Viggiani said. “But also give yourself plenty of time and distance between you and the car in front of you.” 

Don't forget about the plow trucks.

“Give our plow trucks plenty of room,” Viggiani said. “They, they're big, they're throwing salt behind them.” 

Officials said residents can also help make the jobs of snow plow truck drivers a little easier. 

“If they could move their cars off the streets so we can get the plows by,” Gallerie said. “That really would help us the most.”

The NYSDOT will have tow trucks stationed on Interstate 90 and alternate Route 7 for tomorrow evening's rush hour in case vehicles break down. 


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