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Highway Department, Police Warn About Narrower Roadways, Compromised Sight Lines

The Newtown Public Works and Police Departments are cautioning Newtown Drivers to continue to drive carefully and slowly as crews continue to work clearing local roadways.

Neither the police nor highway department reported any serious accidents or incidents overnight, although by Friday morning police were dealing with a couple of tractor trailers getting stuck on steep hills.

"Thankfully we haven't seen any accidents so far," said Sgt Aaron Bahamonde Friday around 9 am. "But our roadways are narrower because of the snowbanks, so drivers, especially on the back roads really need to slow down and be careful."

Town Engineer Ron Bolmer echoed his concern because of high embankments and compromised sight lines at the end of driveways and at intersections. Although highway crews will be targeting those high piles of snow this morning, he added.

Despite a regional shortage of road salt and one of two Newtown suppliers running out of supply, Public Works Director Fred Hurley told The Bee Thursday evening that local supplies were fortified by a second supplier earlier in the week.

Crews are also stretching what salt Newtown has stockpiled by creating a substantially heavier mix of salt and sand, which is in more plentiful supply at the local highway garage.

"We're doing ok," Mr Hurley said. "One of our two suppliers said they have tons of salt sitting in rail cars in Cleveland, Ohio, but as soon as the rail line is up and running the salt will be heading to the New haven terminal where it will be doled out to communities with outstanding contract orders, including Newtown.

For the second day in a row, Newtown schools were closed helping to reduce the amount of traffic on local roadways. This also helped contribute to a relatively incident and accident free storm event as the system dubbed "Pax" moved out of the area early Friday.

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