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RIDOT ready for winter's latest punch

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WARWICK, R.I. -

Another day and another snowstorm hitting our region, and like every other day, the plows are hard at work; sanders, salters and plows are already loaded up and treating roads across the state.

NBC 10 talked to Joe Baker, Rhode Island Department of Transportation, "typically for pre-treating, we'll be using liquids, so could be either salt brine which is 23% salt water which we make at one of our facilities, or we could be putting down a couple of other liquid chemicals that help with the snow and ice bonding up with the pavement."

According to Baker because of the pre-treatment, once the snow starts, plows should be able to clear the roads much more efficiently. He told NBC 10 "we'll have about 400 pieces of equipment out on the roads, pushing the snow to the side, and treating behind it."

Even though the machines are out working hard trying to keep up with the roads, there are always warnings for commuters. Baker reiterated those warnings "certainly if you don't have to be on the roadway, try to stay off so you're not out there so the trucks that are doing the work can move the snow off to the side so that tomorrow when the sun comes out, we'll be back to normal."

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation offers another tip, if your mailbox gets knocked over during street plowing operations, you are asked to simply report it by calling the DOT's mailbox claims hotline.

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