North Country
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Winter Storm: A Stamina Test For Road Crews

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The first major storm of the season and road crews have both been going all night.

“We’re in hour twenty-nine at this point of a very long storm and it is turning into a stamina test and our crews are pretty much having to deal with a lot of blowing snow across the roads, which requires repeated runs," said  highway department spokesman Bill Boynton.

He says speeds on the turnpike interstates have been lowered to 45 miles per hour.

“And we’re  hearing motorists are really having trouble keeping up those speeds," he said.

He says the northern part of the state has been hit less than the seacoast.

But the extreme cold is making for slippery driving everywhere because anti-icing chemicals are less effective, Boynton said.

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