Truck Drivers Give The New York State Thruway Authority Two Thumbs Up

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM EDT

Wednesday's storm may not have been one for the record books here in Western New York but truckers who drive through this area say that the New York State Thruway Authority handle this storm better than the snow fall in the recent past.

It was a nightmare for hundreds of people stuck on the Thruway December 1st after a storm pummeled Western New York. The New York State Thruway Authority was blamed for the mishap so this time they were ready with a brand new emergency plan.

"Take decisive action. If we see the road is block we will take actions to immediately divert traffic. Close the thruway if necessary," Thomas Pericak with the New York State Thruway Authority said.

Fortunately, they did not have to close the Thruway for this storm but they did have a plan in place to do so if the weather got bad enough. The Authority took other actions, calling in nearly 200 snowplows and 500 crewmembers.

"This storm isn't really nothing. I think the Thruway Authority is doing a great job this time around," Trucker Rich Goodman said.

As a precaution, the Thruway Authority also banned trucks with two or more trailers or what they call tandem trucks from driving on the Thruway.

Scott Litchner is a tandem truck driver. He said it was the large trucks that caused problems in that infamous December storm so he thinks Thruway official made a good decision.

"When the tandem trucks have to quickly stop or slam on their breaks everything breaks lose," Litchner said.

Trucker Calvin Withrow agrees.

"I think it's a good idea because if it ever jack knifes, you close the whole road," Withrow said.

Many of these truck drivers say no matter what the condition of the Thruway, they are always ready to hit the road.

"I love to drive. I could have stayed home today. They gave us that option but I wanted to get out and get in it," truck driver Russ Sparrow said.

The Thruway Authority lifted the tandem truck ban around 11 a.m.