Snow Street Safety: what you need to know when it comes to winter weather

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - As the snow approaches, the wind has landed. 

Mayor Byron Brown and the Department of Public Works say, whenever the snow settles, they are ready - from equipment, to staff, to materials.

Nearly 70 truck drivers and operators will be on standby to clear more than 800 miles of city roads when the snow starts to pack, which means equipment needs to me ready at any given moment. 

This year, 5 new pieces of snow fighting equipment were purchased to add to the stock. 

In total, the City of Buffalo now has 80 pieces of equipment to battle the snow, with 20 additional pieces of equipment available if needed - keep roads and the community safer. 

For commuters - whether driving, walking or taking the bus, Commissioner Steven Stepniak says, the first areas to be plowed and salted will be major roadways - streets and avenues like: Church, Broadway, Bailey, Delaware, Elmwood and Hertel, for safety reasons and given the fact that they are high traffic routes.

Another factor to consider, winter parking rules are now in effect. From 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. roads along bus routes need to be clear so city equipment can get in and clear the streets. 

In the case of emergencies, be sure to call 3-1-1. 

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