Road Crews Ready When Snow and Ice Arrive

Plows and Salt Ready to Roll

Joe DeStio
November 07, 2019 - 3:28 pm
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA Radio) - With the first blast of icy air hitting the Pittsburgh area road crews say they are prepared for whenever the serious snow hits.

"Our 17 stockpiles are currently stocked with over 29,000 tons of salt on hand," according to PennDOT Allegheny County Maintenance Manager Lori Musto.

 At a briefing along I-279 in Ross Township Musto said they have 65 trucks ready to roll in Allegheny County and 133 operators who have been trained and are on winter duty. In addition, PennDOT uses 23 rental trucks in the county and 14 temporary drivers. She said PennDOT is always looking for drivers with a commercial driving license.

"We are currently in the process of filling those positions. Beaver and Lawrence Counties as well as our surrounding districts, Washington and Butler I know are also looking for drivers."

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Musto says the top priority is interstate highways like the Parkways and high volume state highways.

PennDOT has also developed mobile teams that can help in trouble spots.

"If the eastern half of the state is getting hit with a storm that the western half or visa versa, we have teams that can travel throughout the state that can assist with winter operations."

Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh road crews say equipment has already been outfitted to fight the snow. In the city, trucks were loaded with salt as ready to go as early as Wednesday night.

Motorists can use the 511PA smartphone app to get up to date warnings on road conditions. They can also call 1-800-Fix-Road to report poor highway conditions.

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