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Road crews ready for changing weather conditions

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COLONIE, N.Y. -- When it comes to clearing snow and slush from the roads, crews are doing their part to try and keep them clean, but changing conditions make their job much tougher.

We're seeing significant snowfall right now, and crews here have been preparing for this storm since 7 a.m. this morning, filling their trucks with salt many are already out there on the roads.

Colonie has 32 routes to maintain, and they have 60 workers to take care of those roads, two per truck.

About three years ago they implemented a second shift for the winter season, allowing them to operate on a 16 hour basis instead of the previous 8, which allows them to cut back on overtime. DPW estimated for this storm it will take them 4-5 hours to get the roads back to normal.

Currently there's no concern that there'll be a shortage of salt.

While the roads should be cleared for the afternoon commute, DPW does want to caution drivers to go ahead and take your time traveling out there.

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