Newtown prepares for winter storm

<p>Newtown, the Department of Public Works was getting its trucks ready to hit the roads by loading them with salt and sand.</p>

News 12 Staff

Feb 6, 2018, 8:31 PM

Updated 2,304 days ago

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Western Connecticut towns and cities are preparing for Wednesday’s winter storm.
In Newtown, the Department of Public Works was getting its trucks ready to hit the roads by loading them with salt and sand.
DPW Director Frederick Hurley says Newtown uses about 400 tons of materials for a typical storm. The town is 60 square miles, and Hurley says he's responsible for 275 miles of roads. Unlike many other towns in the state, he says Newtown poses some challenges.
"We have a lot of hills," Hurley says. "There's about seven high points in Newtown...and a couple hundred feet of elevation change is the difference between rain and the roads icing up."
Hurley said his crews will be coming into work at 4 a.m. Wednesday to treat the roads before rush hour.


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