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By the numbers: Ready for a Super(Bowl) storm

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New Jersey is preparing for the possibility of a snow storm come the Super Bowl.
New Jersey is preparing for the possibility of a snow storm come the Super Bowl. - (New Jersey Department of Transportation)

You'll be amazed by how prepared the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) and MetLife Stadium are should bad weather strike around the Super Bowl.

255,000: The gallons of brine the NJDOT and the NJTA have to pre-treat roads before a storm arrives.

60,000: The tons of salt the NJDOT and the NJTA have the capacity to stockpile within 30 miles of the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

1,600: The number of workers on call to clear snow at the stadium. This is twice the number the Giants and Jets usually have at the ready.

821: The number of agency-owned or contractor trucks the NJDOT and NJTA will have ready to spread salt or plow snow within a 30-mile radius of the complex (another 2,400 trucks are available as needed).

600: The tons of snow that can be melted in hours by the large Aero snow melter in the parking lot.

30: The number of front-end loaders (plus 12 haul trucks and six plows) available to clear snow in the parking lot.

0: The number of Super Bowls that have been played in the snow.

Will it be enough? Event officials are confident it will be.

"MetLife Stadium has handled multiple snow storms since opening in 2010 and, just last week, seamlessly handled a storm prior to the Giants/Seahawks game," MetLife Stadium President and CEO Brad Mayne said. "Come time of Super Bowl XLVIII, our experienced crews will be prepared to clear snow and get the field ready to play as they always do."

NJDOT Deputy Commissioner Joseph Mrozek said his group is doing its part to be ready.

"All of us are probably hoping for a week of mild weather, right through game day, but our job is to plan for the worst and to help ensure that this cold-weather, outdoor-stadium Super Bowl week comes off without a hitch," he said. "A primary focus of NJDOT will be to keep vehicles on the move, and that means making sure that the roads and bridges leading to event locations are free of snow, ice and disabled vehicles."

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@njbiz.com

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