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RIDOT Storm Update

12-31-2008

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is continuing to request that motorists take it slow during today’s snowstorm that is predicted by the latest reports from the National Weather Service to dissipate around 5 p.m. The snow has been falling since mid-morning with rates of over one-inch per hour. Totals have reached over seven inches in Northern Rhode Island.

“Our crews have been out in full force since this storm began earlier today, keeping the roadways safe for the motoring public,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Drivers who need to be out on the roads are asked to keep a generous distance behind sanders and snow plows, keep their speeds down, and buckle up.”

Commuters and New Year’s Eve revelers should allow themselves extra time to check on road and weather conditions and to allow for additional driving time to their destination as conditions may warrant reduced travel speeds.

“We have over 400 State and private vendors treating the over 3,000 lane miles of State roadways,” added Lewis. “Although it is a challenge to plow snow during times in which there are high volumes of traffic, we continue to welcome and meet this challenge by working to stay ahead of the storm.”

 

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