Thruway Authority says its ready for winter with addition of 10 new plows

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The New York State Thruway Authority said it is ready for winter with the announcement of new plows to its fleet.

The Thruway Authority announced that it added 10 new plows to its fleet, giving it a total of 57 trucks to clear, salt and sand the New England Thruway and I-87 from Yonkers all the way up to New Paltz.

One of the new machines can move 3,000 tons of snow per hour and blow it right off the new Mario Cuomo Bridge.

What will also help crews stay on top of the snow is enhanced GPS systems being installed in all of the heavy-duty plows. The system gives real time data, so crews can stay on target.

"We know if the blade is up or down, we know what the pavement temperatures might be and the air temperatures are. We know how much salt we are spreading. It really gives us good operational data that we can use and targeted ways,” says Matthew Driscoll, executive director of the New York State Thruway.

The Thruway Authority is also looking for drivers. It needs men and women to drive the plows to help with what could be a crazy winter

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