Clearing Roads Will Take Time, Highway Chief Says
The head of Jefferson County's highway department is asking for people to be patient to give his crews time to clear the roads.
Highway Superintendent Jim Lawrence was interviewed live by phone on 7 News This Morning. Click on the picture above for the full interview.
Many roads in the areas hit by lake effect snow in recent days are impassable, he said.
He says there's an "abundance of work to be done, especially in the southern part of the county."
Cleaning out the roads, he said, will take time.
"Patience, I guess, is what we're asking. We're out there doing the best we can, especially we'll try to keep them open for emergency vehicles."
He said people should stay off the roads if at all possible.
"The less traffic on the roads, it's easier for us to manage keeping those roads open," he said.
At the rate the snow is falling, he said, it doesn't take long for roads to become impassable again shortly after they're plowed.
It takes two or more hours for a plow to make its rounds, he said, and "in 10 minutes time, behind them, that road could be completely filled back in again."
Saturday, February 13, 2016, Watertown, NY
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