Nine new plow trucks have been introduced in New Haven as part of the city's new snow plan, which has been in place since the fall.
“These heavy duty machines will patrol the city's major arteries as conditions warrant," explained New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. "These reinforcements will free up smaller trucks for the city's smaller neighborhood streets.”
They're equipped with state-of-the-art technology to make public works crews more efficient clearing snow from city roads and to save the city resources.
“We're going to be more efficient on what we do throughout the city and the placing of material. We're not going to be wasting material. We have the assistance of computerized programs in these new vehicles,” said New Haven's Chief of Operations Jeff Pescosolido.
The city is prepared to use these new trucks as soon as snow accumulates.
Right now, the focus is on the cold weather. Warming centers have opened at the city's libraries, and patrolling police officers will be on the lookout for anyone who needs a warm place to stay.
“This is the beginning of the winter. We feel that we're equipped, and if things change, and we need to increase capacity, we'll do what we can to make sure all of our residents are, in fact, safe,” explained Deputy Emergency Management Director Rick Fontana.
New Haven’s shelters will also have extra beds available in case more people need to spend the night out of the cold.