Andrew Limberg

Perfectly Timed Snowstorm Makes For A Difficult Wednesday Morning Commute

Plow trucks having a hard time keeping up with snow, speeds reduced, roads closed

February 20, 2019 - 9:18 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Snow quickly covered area roadways as Wednesday morning's rush hour began. PennDOT crews have been out pre-treating roads since midnight but the snow fell too fast for crews to keep up.

 Maintenance manager Lori Musto tells Larry and John on KDKA Radio, more traffic means longer cycle times for plows and salt trucks.

“During the storm we will see snow covered roads especially during rush hour. By the time the trucks cycle around snow will start sticking to the roads.”

Musto says the time of the storm makes it difficult for them to keep up.

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“The timing of the storm is once again is right in the middle of rush hour which obviously increases our cycle time for the trucks."

She says Allegheny County is at "full capacity" with trucks on the roads this morning.

Some of the Traffic issues:

Automobiles are getting stuck on highways, side roads, especially on hills.

McKnight Road was closed in both directions for a time.

Port Authority buses are running about half an hour behind schedule this morning due to road conditions. The 71-A is 45 minutes behind.

Speed limits are reduced on several area roadways due to the winter storm.

PennDOT has dropped speeds on 45 mph on Interstates 79, 279, 376 and 579.

Route 28 and U-S 22/30 [William Penn Highway> are also at 45 miles-an hour.

PennDOT has closed the HOV lanes.

Snowfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected with snow changing to freezing rain in midmorning. The freezing rain will change over to just rain by afternoon. A high around 45 expected.

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