KIRKWOOD (WBNG) — The New York State Department of Transportation was busy Thursday making sure the roads would be safe ahead of the first significant snowfall of the year.
The New York State Department of Transportation says for the past week it’s been preparing for the first significant snowfall of the year.
“It’s a matter of getting the equipment ready, and we’ve been doing that,” said Dave Hamburg public information officer for the New York State Department of Transportation.
He says throughout the day crews were checking their equipment, in communication with the national weather service and filling their trucks with salt.
“The 35 plows that will be out today in Broome county will have their specific routes that they will cover, they will circle those routes until the snow is done, and the roads are clear,” said Hamburg.
The department wanted to remind drivers to be aware of snow plows on the road.
“When they come upon a plow behind it, don’t pass it, the plow, be far enough behind it so you can see their side mirrors,” he said.
Adding the department will work around the clock until all the roads are cleared.
“It’s something they work hard for, it’s something they train well for, and they’re well prepared to take care of it,” he said, “it’s going to be a long winter I think, and they’re ready, ready and able to get at it once it stats snowing.”