State officials have announced their readiness for the winter season, highlighting significant progress in infrastructure investments and the hiring of necessary personnel.
With parts of the state, including Western New York, already experiencing lake effect snow, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other state agencies have emphasized their preparedness for the challenges brought by winter weather.
This readiness is partly attributed to increased infrastructure funding in the 2023 budget and strategies to manage the changing weather patterns linked to climate change.
State officials pointed to the successful hiring of over 400 individuals in the past year and the resolution of last year’s plow driver shortages through competitive wages and hiring strategies. The state is still looking to hire approximately 100 more operators to bolster its workforce.
This funding is part of a broader $32.8 billion allocation in the 2023 state budget for infrastructure improvements over five years.
The program, commencing in spring, will focus on state roads in every region, with funding distribution varying by region.
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