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What is it like to be a snow plow driver?

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: What is it like to be a snow plow driver?
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When snow hits, many people hunker down indoors and avoid travel, but have you ever wondered about those people who have to get out there and plow the roads during a storm? Our Melissa Kakareka rode along with the Department of Transportation to find out what it takes to get the roads back into shape.

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. — The Department of Transportation remained in 24-hour operations throughout the day Thursday as crews continued to plow and salt roadways.

"We have 32 plows and their operators and they've just been doing a spectacular job," said DOT Public Information Officer Dave Hamburg.

Jim Mastro began his shift at 1:30 in the morning. Many employees like Mastro worked 12 hour shifts with little or no breaks.

"It is a very difficult job. It requires incredible concentration. There's a lot to do within the cab and then they have to watch traffic, concentrate on driving, concentrate on other drivers," said Hamburg.

Despite the challenges, the DOT says its drivers are always prepared and always do the job well.

"The Department of Transportation and the men and women who are in these trucks are used to this. They train for this. They get called in for this," said Hamburg.

Helping keep the roads clear and safe whenever a snow storm may hit.

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