DONNER PASS (CBS13) — Caltrans trucks are ready to roll in the Sierra as the threat of a storm sparks the first blizzard warnings in the region since January 2008.
“This is the biggest collection of snow removal equipment in the state,” said Caltrans area superintendent Dave Wood.
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He says he’s at maximum staff, with “literally legions of people” at work.
Caltrans brought in two massive trucks that will act as pushers, clearing stalled big rigs from the freeway.
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Road graders used in the summer to build freeways can clear snow two lanes at a time during the winter.
Caltrans also has snowblowers capable of moving 2,500 tons of snow an hour.
They will need all of it to battle a storm that’s prompted the state’s first blizzard warning in nearly seven years.
Caltrans team leaders will also carry chainsaws for downed tree branches that could block roads.