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Hartford to introduce new storm prep policies

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Director of Public Works Keith Chapman introduced new policies and procedures that will better prepare the city for severe weather and snow.

Some of the changes implemented included the reorganization of city snow routes, a new GPS tracking system for trucks and plows, and more staff training for Department of Public Works employees.

"We've learned from the major storms over the last two years," Segarra said in a statement. "We need to be better prepared for the severe weather we know is imminent. Over 65,000 people come here to work every day and we have two of the largest hospitals in the region. I want our residents and anyone who commutes to the capital city to know that all our streets will be open for emergencies at all times."

Some residents told Eyewitness News that the city was at fault for the snow problems in previous years.

"I don't think they had a good plan," said Buster Jenkins of Hartford. "I think they were worrying about downtown area and they didn't have a good plan."

The plow routes have been lowered from 27 to 24 routes in six districts. Each of those districts, officials said, are now assigned four plows and four drivers as well as a supervisor to assure adequate coverage for the areas. In addition, each plow will now be equipped with GPS

"If someone calls up and says, 'Look, I need to get out for an emergency' or 'to get to work' we can actually tell them approximately how long it will be before we'll be there," Chapman said.

All major "A" streets will be salted and prepared for storms 24 to 48 hours before it hits, and all secondary roads would be treated at least four hours before the storm begins.

"We used to do certain trucks having the main arteries and the other trucks had the side streets. Well now all trucks will be doing all of the main arteries and side streets," Chapman said.

Officials said parking bans issued in the city will now be strictly enforced by both DPW employees and Hartford police. To alleviate the parking woes, it will open up parking at local schools and garages.

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