DOT hard at work preparing for first winter storm

(WTNH)–Headlights reflect off the frozen asphalt, as rain, sleet, ice and possibly snow roll into Connecticut. It’s the first winter storm of the season, and at the Department of Transportation, Kevin Nursick is concerned that people aren’t into slippery driving-mode yet.

“Typically the first storm we see, there will be a lot of fender benders, a lot of crashes and even a pretty good amount of significant crashes taking place out on the roadways,” Nursick said.

Nursick says the timing of the storm is what concerns them, with the rain turning to ice overnight, just in time for the morning commute. That will make for sloppy going, but the D.O.T. did get out early and pretreated the roads with a saltwater solution.

“In situations where you might have bridge decks freezing up, this will help prevent that, and when it comes to final cleanup and getting down to bare asphalt sooner than pre-treatment makes a big difference,” Nursick said.

At Butler Power Equipment, Steve Miller recommends you have to make sure and bring in your snow blower before the snow starts to fly, because even as News 8 begins to report a storm is coming, it’s already too late to get it checked.

“At that point, it is too late,” Miller said. “You were going to be sitting in two to three weeks, because everyone else has been waiting too.”

At Saddlehill Landscaping in Newington, Eric Lantz says they were getting a sander tuned up and ready for the storm.

“I think ice is more dangerous than snow any day of the week. People step out of the car the morning with their heels on and slip and it doesn’t take much and you don’t see it a lot of times, especially the black ice.”

And after the pounding from last winter, Andrew Bachman of Trout Brook Landscaping is replacing dead and worn out gear crippled by old man winter.

“I was picking up an extra snowblower. I went through inventory and realized I should probably have another one a couple shovels some salt.”

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