DOT crews treat roads ahead of storm

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The first winter storm of the season has proven tricky to forecast, so New Haven officials are ramping-up operations, anticipating the worst, but hoping for the best as they try to stay ahead.

“We’re going to have more trucks on road than normally do,” said New Haven Emergency Operations Deputy Director Rick Fontana. “Pretreating roads now, started that yesterday. Our goal is to keep roads clear as possible.”

There will be forty DOT trucks on the roads along with dozens of private contract plow drivers fighting against Mother Nature to keep streets open, in the state’s second largest city.

“A lot of routes to be covered, 221 miles of roadway surface,” Fontana said. “This is the first storm, we want to do it right.”

Others are looking forward to whatever the storm has in store..

“I’ve been flooded with phone calls,” said Matt Corbett, an independent snow plow driver in New Haven. “I’m overwhelmed with how many people are going to need me.”

Many independent plow drivers like Corbett make the bulk of their income during the winter when the snow falls by clearing driveways, parking lots and private roads. Corbett’s eager to use his new plow blade, which he just put on for the first time in late January.

“It affects me financially big time, because this is what I rely on is snow removal in the winter,” Corbett said.

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