Department of Transportation readies for snow

6:45 PM, Dec 26, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- As this year's first major storm is expected to hit the area late Wednesday night, the Department of Transportation continued to make last minute preparations for its arrival.

Eastern Regional Manager Steven Thebarge with the Department of Transportation said, "We will have them [trucks] all loaded up with salt tonight and they will be ready to go as soon as the crews get in tomorrow morning. The supervisors will be out patrolling, they will be out probably every hour. They will take a little ride around the area just to see what's happening."

Thebarge plans on having crews on the roads within an hour or less from when the storm hits. Crews were treating major roads and highways early Wednesday in anticipation of the snowfall.

The Eastern Region covers 90 plow routes with a team of 150 transportation workers. Each of the employees will work 15-16 hour shifts.

"During the height of the storm tomorrow we expect all of our crews to be on the roads," said Thebarge.

The workers, however, have been hard at work over the last few weeks with icy road conditions.

Thebarge said, "We treated the roads a lot for icy conditions which truthfully use almost as much budget money. The trucks are out there they just don't have the plows down. They are still treating the roads."

According to the Regional Manager, the lack of any major storms this year has not strained the budget, "We are looking pretty good with the budget. We haven't had any major issues so far this season, but we are ready."

The storm is expected to begin midnight and bring a foot of snow to the Bangor area by Thursday evening.

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