Road crews ready for Mother Nature's double punch

January 17, 2019 06:32 PM

The airports, Public Works, Department of Transportation and road crews everywhere are gearing up for a busy few days. Salt sheds are full for now, but that will soon be changing.

At the salt shed in Latham, the folks tell NewsChannel 13 if they can, they wait until the final hour before snow is expected to start to fill up their trucks. Right now, it's all about keeping an eye on the radar.

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There are several of these facilities here in the Capital Region. State DOT for the Greater Capital Region has 180 massive plow trucks ready and waiting. Officials say their salt supplies are good and they will receive continual deliveries as needed throughout the duration of these two storms. Crews will work in 12-hour shifts -- and each run of their individual routes typically takes one and a half to two hours.

When NewsChannel 13 spoke with Bryan Viggiani, the NYS DOT spokesman on Thursday, he said the biggest challenge right now is waiting to see what happens overnight Thursday into Friday. A dusting will mean just one or two passes, but the second storm will be more of a challenge.

However, the timing of that one is definitely working in their favor.

Officials at Albany International Airport say right now, there are no cancelations or delays. If you have flight plans for this weekend, some airlines are now allowing passengers to change those flights free of charge. Of course, you'll want to check with individual airlines as to flight status and change policies.

MORE INFORMATION: Links to help prepare for a snowstorm | Albany International Airport: Arrivals and Departures

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Jacquie Slater

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