The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public that forecasters are predicting a significant storm to begin on Friday morning and continue into Saturday, bringing heavy winds, coastal flooding, and several inches of precipitation including rain and snow to areas throughout the Commonwealth.
“Our personnel are closely monitoring the forecast and we know this is expected to be a high impact and long duration coastal storm with the possibility of flooding and strong winds,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage members of the public to make safe and smart decisions such as not driving through flood waters, never driving over or near downed power lines, and reducing speeds when there is low visibility due to heavy rain and snow.”
MassDOT personnel will be coordinating with state and local partners throughout the duration of the storm and responding as conditions necessitate. For example, in coastal and low elevation areas, crews may be deployed to reports of flooding and implement lane or road closures and detours as needed. As there is a potential for snow in inland areas, MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed and treating the roadways. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the storm and will activate snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment as needed.
In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter season, MassDOT has had approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available and has used more than 150 depots and storage locations; this has included more than 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.
If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote their full attention to what is ahead on the road.
For updates on road and traffic conditions in Massachusetts, drivers can:
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Please review more information on safe winter driving.