Road crews brace for Wednesday’s snow

Channel 3′s meteorologists predicted that it would start with spotty snow showers by late Wednesday morning.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 7:19 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 6:55 AM EST
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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Road crews throughout Connecticut have been working to prepare for snow that’s in the forecast for Wednesday.

Channel 3 toured Connecticut Department of Transportation facilities on Tuesday, including one in East Hartford.

The DOT said one of the big challenges was that more plow drivers and mechanics were needed.

It has about 11,000 miles of state roads to clear off, and with staffing shortages, it may take longer to get the job done.

No snow was on the ground yet as of Wednesday morning, but the trucks were prepared to do the job once it happens.

Channel 3′s meteorologists predicted that it would start with spotty snow showers by late Wednesday morning. See the forecast here.

“Every storm is different based on what happens with the weather. You can have rain, you can have snow, you can have sleet,” said Jonathyn Kardys, crew leader, DOT.

Kardys said he one of the plow drivers responsible for clearing Interstate 91 when winter weather hits the state.

“We clear the highway in one shot, start north, come back south and then keep doing it until the snow is over and clear,” Kardys said.

Kardys is also one of the DOT’s roughly 900 drivers. However, the department is short about 175 drivers.

“Some of those longer storms, the ones that will go for a couple of days, ones that are snowing 2 to 3 inches an hour, it’s going to take us a little longer to clear the roads because we are short staffed,” said Josh Morgan, spokesperson, DOT.

Across the agency, there were more than 600 openings in total.

More mechanics were also needed to help repair vehicles and equipment that gets damaged.

“It’s been a little stressful. [We have] more on our plate that we got to do as opposed to if we had more drivers would help us more. But we work through what we’ve got,” Kardys said.

The DOT said it has about 200 contractors it can call in depending on the severity of the storm.

The Highway Operations Center in Newington has been where roadways are monitored 24/7 for crashes and incidents.

Crews had a message for the public.

“Let us do our job. If you can stay behind us, the better chance we have to clean the road up and help get the traffic flowing a lot faster,” Kardys said.

Anyone interested in working for the DOT, can find more information here.

Road crews throughout Connecticut have been working to prepare for snow that’s in the forecast for Wednesday.
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