Road Crews Prepping For Weekend StormPosted: Updated:
A major winter storm is barreling its way across the country and north country road crews are getting ready for when it hits.
It was business as usual Thursday evening at the city of Watertown's Department of Public Works.
Crews have been performing maintenance on the tools they'll need when the storm hits Saturday afternoon.
"Well, what we do is we go through and make sure that all the lights work on the plow, make sure all the sanders are working," crew chief Kevin Davison said, "and the beet juice we have on some of the sanders that are equipped and that helps activate the salt in the low temperatures."
City DPW plows are ready to go at a moment's notice.
Meanwhile, the public information officer for the state Department of Transportation says that the DOT has 36 plows prepared to clear the state highways that pass through Jefferson County.
"Right now we are doing business as usual I mean, it's what we have been doing all winter," DOT spokesman Michael Flick said. "The barns are full of salt, we have had kind of a break in the weather here in the last few days so the trucks that have needed repair are in the shop, crews are getting rested, we are ready for what comes our way."
Flick adds that Thursday evening, the DOT's maintenance supervisors ran the roads in their trucks in anticipation of the storm.