State DOT Readies For Approaching Snow

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Text from Hartford Courant staff reports; video by Angelica Spanos, FOX CT

The state Department of Transportation plans to have more than 600 plows on the road for Thursday’s snowstorm.

The DOT has already consumed its $30 million snow removal budget, but spokesman Kevin Nursick said that doesn’t mean DOT trucks and contractors won’t be clearing roads. The agency will simply move funds into snow removal.

The storm’s timing is not ideal because it’s scheduled to begin during rush hour. Temperatures projected to be near freezing will enable the snow-melting materials DOT crews apply to roadways to work more effectively, Nursick said.

And DOT is not having any trouble getting salt, he said. “The salt supply is slower this year, but we continue to get supplied, and there’s no risk of us running out of material,” he said.

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