NORWICH & OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)– The Department of Transportation says a new piece of equipment in its snowstorm fighting arsenal is cutting some snow removal job times, not by hours, but by days.
The state’s new $59,000 snow throwers are one of the big reasons why state roads in hard hit eastern Connecticut are now clear. Norwich, which got two feet of snow, was one of the stops the Governor made today to thank DOT workers for their efforts during their long hours battling the blizzard. He also stopped in Old Saybrook, where the Baldwin Bridge over the Connecticut River was cleared of snow in record time because of that district’s new snow thrower.
Ted Engel of the DOT told the Governor that clearing the Baldwin Bridge used to take two days, but this week it was done in an hour-and-a-half.
“The Gold Star Bridge in New London used to take over two days to clean, and it was done in one night,” said Engel.
The new snow throwers have been modified to attach to DOT pay loaders, and each district in the state now has two of them.
“We’ve gone from experiment to full implementation,” said Gov. Malloy. “We now have 15. I’m sure we’re going to grow the number of these that we have. We’re in the process of trying to modernize, and have been, for a few years, modernizing the equipment.”
DOT workers say they are quickly learning new ways to use the machines to make snow removal even more efficient.