The U.S. government plans to deploy up to a million road construction workers to keep traffic flowing for the next two weeks as crews continue to repair roads that have suffered major damage.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is deploying an additional 300,000 workers to maintain the roads and highways affected by the storms, the agency said Thursday in a press release.
Drivers have been warned to avoid the area of Interstate 25, a main artery in the eastern part of the state, and other areas that are congested with traffic.NHTAA is sending up to 10,000 personnel to the affected areas, including officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Transportation Safety Board, the Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
NHTSA has said it has dispatched up to 2,500 personnel from other agencies to assist with traffic control.
The storm has also caused a backlog in trucking services and truck-to-rail traffic as crews try to get the roads to a level where they can be cleared of snow.
The NHTAA and other federal agencies are also assisting local authorities in handling the recovery effort.
Nuclear power plants have also been shuttered, and a large swath of New England has been closed off due to the storm.
In Connecticut, the National Guard has been deployed to help with emergency management.
The National Weather Service said Thursday that the storm is expected to remain a major concern for most of the next week, with heavy rain expected to increase the likelihood of severe weather and dangerous driving conditions.NHC issued an extreme weather warning for areas that include New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York City, Boston, New Hampshire, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Massachusetts, and Long Island Sound, New England.