State Department of Transportation Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM EDT

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State Department of Transportation Prepares for Hurricane Sandy

October 27, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (RELEASE) The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is actively preparing for the storm by readying equipment; organizing crews to remove trees and limbs on roadways and trimming trees that could affect electrical lines; identifying staff that will conduct flood watches; and monitoring bridges as water rises. Crews are clearing as much debris and floatable objects as possible that could be picked up by storm water and cause damage, create hazards, or clog roads and the areas underneath bridges. DOT is paying particular attention to areas prone to flooding and clogging. DOT is also clearing culverts and drainage basins to ensure they flow freely.

With the uncertainty of where the storm will hit, all 11 DOT regions are prepared to respond within their regions. In addition, DOT has identified
405 people, 90 dump trucks, 13 bucket trucks, 24 excavators, 24 loaders and
42 chippers for storm response deployment.

DOT has issued the following safety tips for travelers:
· If there is water covering a road or bridge, do not try to drive
through it! It only takes two inches of flowing water to carrying
away a vehicle.
· If traffic signals are dark from a power outage, treat them as
all-way stop signs.
· The public is urged not to travel during the storm if conditions make
travel dangerous. Dangerous conditions include high winds that could
blow trees or power lines onto roadways or cause debris to fall on
roads or vehicles, as well as heavy rains that reduce visibility and
cause water to cover roads and bridges.
· Motorists are strongly urged to check 511NY before traveling to
access current road conditions. 511NY is available by calling 5-1-1,
visiting www.511NY.org, or by downloading the new mobile app for
smart phones. 511NY will have up-to-date information regarding road
and bridge closures, as well as transit, commuter rail, and airport
delays.