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District tests winter weather preparedness

If you see snow plows and salt trucks patrolling the streets this morning, you don't have to run for your galoshes. The District is just doing a dry run for the upcoming snow season.

"No one else may be thinking about snow yet, but we are," said Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland, Jr. in a statement. "In fact we've been preparing since the end of last winter; the dry run is our dress rehearsal for the first storm of the season, which might not be that far off."

The city's snow plows planned to assemble at RFK Stadium at 9 am and then spread out across the city using a snow emergency scenario to test drivers' responsiveness and their knowledge of routes and equipment. The test is a joint effort of the Department of Public Works and the District Department of Transportation. The agencies planned to activate the District's Snow Command Center at the Reeves Center and test the accuracy of an Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system which gives managers the ability to track snow plows and monitor which streets have been treated and which haven't.

"The only thing missing is the snow," said DDOT Director Gabe Klein in a release. "Otherwise, we are deploying everything we would put on the street in a real storm including more than 200 light and heavy plows."

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By Michael Bolden  |  October 30, 2009; 9:03 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  
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