PennDOT ready for winter

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation wants truckers and motorists to know that it’s made final adjustments to its fleet of trucks, front-end loaders and other equipment in preparation for winter and has even battled its first snowstorm of the season

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation wants truckers and motorists to know that it’s made final adjustments to its fleet of trucks, front-end loaders and other equipment in preparation for winter and has even battled its first snowstorm of the season.

“With more than 40,000 miles of state-maintained roads in Pennsylvania, we are always prepared for the worst winter conditions, even early-season storms,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler. “This year we have readied our equipment and crews for what some forecasters are saying could be an old-fashioned Pennsylvania winter…we could be in for a long season.”

With a budget of about $175 million, PennDOT's 5,000 crewmembers work with more than 2,200 snowplows, 520 front-end loaders and 120 anti-icing trucks to make travel safer during winter weather. So far, PennDOT said it has stockpiled more than 570,000 tons of salt and will re-supply throughout winter.

PennDOT is also going to continue with its anti-icing initiative on major roads across the state. Anti-icing involves PennDOT crews pre-treating roads with salt water, or other ice-prohibiting solutions, before freezing precipitation begins, said Biehler. Pre-treating prevents ice from forming a strong bond with the road surface, giving PennDOT crews a jump on keeping the roads drivable, he said.

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