The National Guard will assist Buffalo with snow jammed roadways which stranded hundreds of vehicles.
150 soldiers manning seven Bobcats, 10 dump trucks and five humvees, will clear road and free vehicles.
The soldiers will come from the 152nd Engineer company in Buffalo and the 827th Engineer Company in Horseheads. Airmen from the 107th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will also respond. Poloncarz was looking for plows, pay-loaders, high-lifts, tow-trucks and drivers to aid in the removal of several feet of snow which has halted all traffic in southern Buffalo. The national guard will be working with Buffalo City and Erie County Departments of Public Works to fulfill the needs of the area best. h/t wivb
These are the road closures:
- NYS Thruway (I-90) from Exit 46 in Rochester to Exit 61 in Ripley;
- I-290 from Exit 6 (Sheridan Drive) to the Thruway (I-90);
- I-190 Niagara Thruway from exit 1 (South Ogden Street, near Thruway mainline exit 53) to exit 16 (I-290, neat South Grand Island Bridge);
- Route 5 (the Skyway) between I-190 Niagara Thruway and Tifft Street in the city of Buffalo;
- Route 219 between the Thruway and Route 39 in the town of Concord;
- Route 400 between the Thruway in West Seneca and Route 16 in the town of Aurora.
- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority also suspended bus routes in southern Buffalo, but north Buffalo, routes are running normally. Routes 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 36, 42, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75 and 76 are all closed.
This assistance is in addition to a set of plows diverted to help western New York from across the state by Cuomo’s office Monday.