State officials braced Wednesday for a long battle to keep roads clear as the first nor’easter of 2014 approached the region, expected to bring 10 to 14 inches of snow, moderate coastal flooding, and near-blizzard conditions between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon.
Frank DePaola, highway administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said that about 400 salt trucks would begin pretreating roads at about midnight Wednesday, and snowplows would run “throughout the storm, until it’s over and cleaned up.”
“Hopefully, [Thursday] will be a reasonable day for commuting,” DePaola said. “I think Friday morning is going to be the biggest challenge.”
DePaola said the effort could cost $8 million to $10 million.
“This is probably going to be a day and a half, and it’s going to be pretty much the entire state, so it’s going to be expensive,” he said.
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