Governor McKee, Transportation officials give update on storm preparation efforts

"There will be periods of storm, with the intensity that we’re getting tomorrow, that the snowfall will get ahead of our capability to remove it," Alviti explained. "Which means it will accumulate, and it will make it treacherous for people to try to drive in those conditions."
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation gave an update on the state’s efforts in preparation of the winter storm coming.

“It’s got the potential to be dangerous, white out conditions, so the number one thing we can do is prepare now so we can stay home on Saturday,” Governor McKee urged.

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says the state is ready, and crews will begin pretreating roads Friday into Saturday. Alviti noted the department has 75,000 tons of salt, over 150 state plow trucks, and 350 private plow vendors ready to start pretreating the roads as early as Friday afternoon.

The department is staffed about 96%, according to Alviti.

“There will be periods of storm, with the intensity that we’re getting tomorrow, that the snowfall will get ahead of our capability to remove it,” Alviti explained. “Which means it will accumulate, and it will make it treacherous for people to try to drive in those conditions.”

“It is going to be impossible for a normal passenger vehicle to travel on those roads,” Alviti recommended to the Governor a tractor-trailer ban, as well as a general travel ban in RI.

Governor McKee told ABC6 National Grid will be increasing their staffing in the event of heavy winds, which may lead to power outages.

Rhode Island State Police said they’re also working with the state to help with any emergency situations. Lieutenant Charles LeValley said there will be in increase in troopers patrolling state roads.

“The recommendation is to stay home, prepare for it today, you’ve been given plenty of notice and just plan to stay in place tomorrow,” said Director Alviti.

Governor McKee also announced he will be closing all state-run COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites for Saturday. The 24-hour the testing site at CCRI Warwick will closing at 6 p.m. Friday, and reopen at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Those with appointments will be notified by email and/or text on how to reschedule.

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