The Rhode Island Department of Transportation prepares for cold front

Rhode Island Department of Transportation truck. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is prepared for the expected temperature drop late Friday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Gov. Dan McKee said the full state fleet of 150 plow trucks and up to 250 vendor trucks will be ready to treat roadways.

“The initial application will be timed prior to temperatures dropping below freezing,” the spokesperson said.

Motorcyclists are advised to remain wary of possible icing conditions.

Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation cleared storm drains and coordinated with contractors to secure all construction sites in preparation of Friday’s storm.

Further, crew members said they would be available to assist with flooding and downed limbs or trees.

The Department of Transportation advises drivers to reduce their speed.

As temperatures continue to fall, drivers are warned to provide extra distance for stopping to avoid crashes.

With it being a holiday weekend, the department also wanted to remind drivers to not get behind the wheel impaired.

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