The storm on Nov. 7 unexpectedly dropped nearly 10 inches of snow in some places and made the Taconic Parkway—already notorious for its challenging twists and turns and narrow lanes—especially treacherous. So treacherous, in fact, some motorists reported being stranded on the parkway for up to six hours.
The State Department of Transportation, which is in charge of plowing the area’s parkways, including the Taconic, said crews were out salting and plowing as soon as the snow started.
Kathleen Silloway said in an email to The Journal News that conditions on the Taconic were horrible as she drove north:
“Last week, I was the most nervous I have ever been on the Taconic in snow—and I’ve been on it in ice storms. The road surface was icy, the accumulated snow and ice between lanes made lane changes difficult and sometimes dangerous, especially when the person in front was slowing down due to lost traction. The hill by the Millwood on-ramp—always a problem—was worse than usual, with at least 10 cars stuck (one spun out on the median strip, I believe), including one with rear wheel drive who was desperately spinning his wheels that, had they grabbed, would have sent him careening into whoever was going by at that moment. The lanes were getting clogged with stuck cars—I don’t recall seeing that many before. It took me more than three hours to get home—it usually is “only” two hours in a storm. One friend coming from Harrison to Yorktown said it took four hours.”
“We are known to get storms. Yet the state DOT seems to be incapable of dealing with the Taconic to keep it safe.”
This was the response I received today from state DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Post: “All the crews were out on the road. We are evaluating the response to the storm, and we will make adjustments as necessary.”
What other roads do you travel that you think aren’t well taken care of when it snows?
(Journal News/LoHud.com file photo of the Taconic Parkway in Mount Pleasant)