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Snow Prep, Secretary Pollack, December 17, 2015MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack and Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin joined staff members at the Highway Depot in Milton to discuss MassDOT highway preparations for the winter season and encourage safe travel.

MassDOT preparations for ice and snow removal from state roadways include 380,000 tons of salt and 750,000 gallons of liquid deicer stockpiled. MassDOT crews have the latest equipment, including 10 wheel wing plows.  Up to 4,000 pieces of snow and ice equipment are available during the height of a winter storm. Equipment is deployed statewide from 150 maintenance depots.

Drivers are asked to use common sense when traveling near maintenance vehicles and plows:

  • Stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
  • If our salt is hitting your windshield, then you are too close to our equipment.
  • Take weather advisories seriously and if possible stay off the road during snow storms.

If you have no other option but to drive, always follow these safety tips:

  • When shoveling out your vehicle start at the tail pipe.
  • Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights the hood and roof- before driving.
  • Use added caution driving on exit ramps and bridge decks, where pavement conditions may be more hazardous.
  • If you operate a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, remember that winter weather can still pose challenges for braking.
  • And always buckle up and slow down.

Snow, Wintah Coming, December 17, 2015MassDOT also encourages drivers to get prepared with a winter emergency car kit. Stock your car with the basic winter driving essentials: a scraper, jumper cables, phone charger, flashlight, first aid kit, grit for traction, and extra blankets and clothes.

Please check current road conditions before leaving on your trip. You may call 511, check MassDOT live web cameras, follow MassDOT on Twitter, or check local news outlets and traffic information providers.

For more information, check MassDOT Winter Driving Tips.

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