BANGOR- If it were just a little bit colder, all of the rain we’ve been getting could be snow.
That’s why the Department of Transportation is already getting ready for the winter season.
“It’s always busy, but in the winter time it’s obviously more urgent because we have to clear the roads,” said Steven Thebarge, the DOT’s region manager.
Thebarge said they’re already testing salting equipment and making sure plows are in working order.
“One of the things we’ve had the past few years, though it is getting better, is shortage of drivers,” he added.
As of now, the DOT has 175 drivers in this region.
“It takes 5-6 months to get someone ready to plow snow,” Thebarge said. “So if we hire them in July, hopefully their ready by the end of the year.”
He says January and February are when most brutal snowstorms happen.
But when you live in Maine, the weather is always hard to predict.
“Slow down and remember we’re out there to make the roads safer for everyone,” Thebarge said.
When this rain does become snow, drive safe and remember to give the plows a little extra room.