New Haven city officials say they’re prepared for winter weather

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– With the first round of winter weather heading towards Connecticut, New Haven officials are keeping an eye on the roads through hundreds of cameras.

“We have cameras in every district that can monitor not only road conditions, but tidal conditions, river conditions, so we are looking at a lot of different things,” said Rick Fontana, the city’s Deputy Director of Emergency Operations.

There are hundreds of cameras throughout New Haven, and the on roadways and in and out of the city. According to officials, the cameras play a vital role keeping the streets clear and citizens safe.

“We have these cameras in many locations, the 911 center and also in the police department down at the watch desk,” Fontana said. “So we’ll be looking at the cameras for any changing road conditions.”

And keeping the roads safe is a top priority for emergency vehicles. Fontana says that if you’re driving on the Oak Street Connector coming into New Haven on Route 34, take some extra time.

“One small accident on the Oak Street Connector on the inbound could tie up and delay an ambulance getting to the hospital,” he said. “That is one of our primary roots that gets folks into Yale-New Haven Hospital, or the Saint Raphael’s campus, so that is a very critical route on any day.”

Fontana has some more advice for drivers:

“Make believe you are taking your driving test tomorrow. So drive a little bit slower, make sure you get out and get your windshield wipers checked today. Make sure that you have windshield wiper fluid, just to be safe on the roadway,” he said.

No matter what Mother Nature sends our way, city officials say they are prepared and have enough supplies.

“All the salt for our communities are right here in the city of New Haven on Waterfront Street. We’ve got all our salt. We never run out of salt,” Fontana said.

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