DOT preps roads for storm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– These hours before the storm hits are critical to public works crews around the state. Roads are being treated now so commuters will have a better chance of getting where they need to go Wednesday morning.

“We’re actually in pretty good shape for tomorrow morning’s weather event,” said Kevin Nursick, DOT.

Tons of Salt and sand, thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, and hundreds of trucks, the recipe for the state of Connecticut’s response to an upcoming winter storm.

“There’s a lot of logistics behind the scenes towards making sure that all of the machinery is in place to make sure we’re able to fight winter weather,” said Nursick.

Kevin Nursick is the spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and says plans are already underway for how to deal with a snowy visit from mother nature.

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“Basically the plan of attack for tonight’s event will be to roll out staff as the storm comes in. We have 632 state plow trucks available state wide and we have about 2 that we can bring on board,” said Nursick.

And officials with the state DOT say there have been plans for winter storms long before winter weather was ever in the forecast. Most notably if you’ve traveled anywhere along the highways, has to do with trees.

They’ve been trimming them back and they’ve been cutting them some 30 feet before you ever even find yourself near the roadway. There’s a couple reasons for that. The first has to do with safety. Falling snow, falling tree limbs, that can be dangerous for motorists.

But there’s another reason as well which is that tree limbs cause shade and that means it’s harder for the ground to warm up.

“The weather events that we’ve just gotten through means we got plenty of residual salt material on the roadways. That’s going to put us in a good spot when the snow starts coming down early, in the early morning hours of tonight,” said Nursick.

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