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CTDOT Begins Treating Roads Ahead Of Blizzard

The state has a new fleet of three tow-behind plows that can clear snow and ice from two full highway lanes in a single pass. Towed in the rear of a truck, the plows measure 26 feet in length, essentially doubling the width of a single plow.
The state has a new fleet of three tow-behind plows that can clear snow and ice from two full highway lanes in a single pass. Towed in the rear of a truck, the plows measure 26 feet in length, essentially doubling the width of a single plow. Photo Credit: State Of Connecticut

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- State officials are preparing Connecticut's roads and highways for the blizzard that is expected to hit the area Tuesday, and getting plows ready to clear the snow once the storm arrives.

The Department of Transportation announced that maintenance crews are spending the day pre-treating roadways with salt brine, which helps melt snow once it begins to fall. The department has 634 plow trucks and 250 private contract plow operators on standby to be called if necessary, the DOT said.

Related story: Blizzard Warning issued as blizzard heads for Fairfield County

Cars and trucks are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads Tuesday. If drivers do need to be out, they should operate with extreme caution around snow plows.

The Connecticut DOT is responsible for more than 10,000 lane miles of roads throughout the state. More than 35,000 lane miles of roads are maintained by Connecticut cities and towns.

Announcements will be made later in the day Monday regarding rail and bus service on Tuesday.

Travelers can also check individual service websites for updates on Metro-North , Amtrak , CTtransit , and Connecticut highways .

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