New York City urges use of public transportation due to messy road conditions; DSNY deploys 1,600 plows – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – New York City officials are urging commuters to use public transportation and stay off roads Friday morning due to snow.

Hundreds of city crews salted the roads overnight to prepare for the storm and signs on the West Side Highway flashed warnings to alert drivers, CBS2’s John Dias reported.

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“The travel conditions for Friday morning are going to be messy and they can be dangerous,” said Christina Farrell of the New York City Emergency Management Department.

Look: Mayor Adams and Sanitation Commissioner take stock of the snow

The MTA posted photos of its “snow-fighting fleet” on Twitter, which works to keep cyclists safe.

The Sanitation Department braced for at least two inches of snow and said it will deploy its fleet of 1,600 snowplows.

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Shifts work 12-hour shifts – around 20% of workers are absent due to COVID.

Look: The DSNY commissioner takes stock of snow removal

“We’re definitely preparing at the Department of Sanitation level for a pretty decent storm, not because of the depths we’ve seen 3-6 inches in New York before. Now is the time, ”said DSNY Commissioner Edward Grayson.

Queens and Staten Island have been hit the hardest, Grayson said.

The National Weather Service recorded 8.4 ″ at LaGuardia Airport, 7.1 ″ in the Bronx and 6.2 ″ in Midtown Manhattan.

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Stick with CBS2, CBSN New York, and CBSNewYork.com for updates on the winter storm.

Melvin Z. Madore