State furloughs shouldn’t affect plowing, CDOT says |

State furloughs shouldn’t affect plowing, CDOT says

Mandatory days off for state employees in place to help reduce the budget deficit shouldn’t affect the ability of the Colorado Department of Transportation to plow state highways. So said Tony DeVito, director of CDOT Region 1, which includes Summit County. Speaking at a recent work session with the Summit Board of County Commissioners, DeVito said CDOT will do its best to work through furloughs according to the weather. In other words, they won’t schedule furloughs if they know a big blizzard is on the way.

“Rest assured we’ll have staff on the road,” DeVito said. “We won’t compromise public safety.”

Even so, DeVito added that if it appeared that furloughs and plowing would be greatly at odd with one another, CDOT might appeal directly to the governor for an exemption – as the Colorado State Patrol has.

-Alex Miller

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