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New York State Department of Transportation keeping the roads clean during winter storm

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The snow brings sloppy roads for commuters and long hours for those trying to keep them clean and safe.

"I start pounding the pavement and scraping the salt all night long. We don't really have a lot of time to get a break," said Driver Tim Meade.

Meade gets up at 4 AM and plows the Vestal Parkway with another driver as part of a tandem on the roads.

"We are doing one plow in front of the other to be able to clear the lanes completely and faster," said David Hamburg, the public info officer at the New York State Department of Transportation.

"You have to be in good communication with the other driver and it helps prevent the public trying to get around you," said Meade.

In the salt barn on site, they are down to 20 percent left of salt from the first batch but that will not be an issue because it can handle up to 3 snow storms and they are getting another batch shortly.

"we are prepared and we know that there will be a need for it come late fall and into the winter so the supply is going to be there," said Hamburg.

Tim has been out on the roads for 21 years. He has been doing the Vestal Parkway beat for 7 years and this truck has become his second home.

"Pack a good sized lunch and a lot of water and you are in the truck for most of the night so pretty much it is a home away from home," said Meade.

"That truck is their office. It's their office, their cafeteria, and they are there for the duration of that 12 hours," said Hamburg.

They will be on the roads all night and into the morning hours as you get ready for work.
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