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Thruway Authority discusses response recommendations following November storm

by jmaloni


Sat, Feb 14th 2015 01:10 pm

State Sen. Robert Ortt, local lawmakers and town officials met Thursday with members from the New York State Thruway Authority and the Department of Transportation to discuss what measures they are taking to be better prepared in a weather event similar to November's lake-effect snowstorm.

Several weeks following the "Snowvember" storm, the Thruway Authority announced it was putting together a list of recommendations to improve operations and make sure certain efficacies are in place. On Thursday, the Thruway Authority, DOT and impacted municipalities compiled those recommendations into a report.

"While the November storm did not have as big of an impact in Niagara County as it did in Erie County, it's important to hash out all setbacks and hiccups, so we can better prepare ourselves in the future," Ortt said. "After this meeting with everyone, I am confident they will be able to better identify the things that worked well and improve upon the things that didn't."

The Thruway Authority discussed taking a more proactive approach to closing the Thruway in inclement weather.

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