- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut transportation officials are getting ready for winter with 114 new plow trucks, supplies and support equipment.

The state is spending $17 million to replace the plow trucks, which are about 16 years old.

The Department of Transportation’s winter operations cover more than 10,800 miles of roadways, counting all lanes in multi-lane highways.

The state’s snow and ice fleet includes 634 trucks. The agency will retire 114 outdated trucks by auctioning some and using the remainder for spare parts.

The fleet also will include two new trucks for to the CTfastrak bus-only corridor.

Snow removal efforts also rely on 205 private contractor trucks when needed.

Department spokesman Kevin Nursick says the legislature budgeted about $30 million for snow removal. Last year was the most expensive ever, at $50 million.

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