Pittsburgh, PA – As the winter season
approaches, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), outlined
the District’s plans for winter maintenance services and encouraged the public
to be prepared ahead of the first accumulating snow fall.
“District 11 prides
itself on providing quality winter maintenance services to our customers,” said
PennDOT Allegheny County Maintenance Manager, Lori Musto. “As the Department
values the safety of the traveling public, our crews spend months preparing for
the winter season.”
maintenance within Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties begin planning
winter operations in the middle of summer each year. With over 54,000 tons of
salt and 125,000 gallons of brine currently on-hand, Department forces are
ready to work to make the roads passable for motorists this winter using the
compliment’s125 plow trucks.
When snow hits,
PennDOT’s primary focus is on interstates and expressways. The more traffic
volume a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows. There may
be more accumulations on less-traveled streets and driving routes should be
Motorists can always
check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded
winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by using the 511PA free smartphone app, by
calling 5-1-1, or by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay
warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than
950 traffic cameras.
Locally, when winter
roadway emergencies occur on state roads, District 11 will utilize its social
media platforms to announce closures and interstate restrictions. This
information can be found at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh
(follow @511PAPittsburgh) or the new Pittsburgh Area Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/pittsburghpenndot
(join ‘Greater Pittsburgh Area PennDOT’).
motorists should prepare their vehicles for the winter by checking fluid
levels, lights, defrosters and windshield wiper blades. Tires should also be
checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread
depth to safely perform on ice and snow.
Once vehicles are
travel-ready, drivers should be prepared for winter or vehicle emergencies.
PennDOT urges the traveling public to carry an emergency kit, which should include items such as
non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell
phone charger and a small snow shovel. The kits should be tailored to the
specific needs of the individuals in the vehicle, with items such as baby
supplies, extra medication, pet supplies or even children's games.
Drivers should properly clear their
vehicles from snow and ice before getting on the road, especially from the
roof, trunk and hood. Drivers can be cited for not clearing their vehicle if snow and ice are dislodged and strike another, causing
PennDOT also reminds motorists when encountering a
plow truck on the road, give it plenty of space. The areas close to the sides
and behind a plow truck are considered the “No Zones.” Drivers should avoid
this area and never try to pass a plow truck. This becomes a dangerous
situation for everyone involved.
For more information
on PennDOT's winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources, visit
www.PennDOT.gov/winter. The site
also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter
services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.
For more PennDOT
information on highway safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.
For regional twitter
updates, visit www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh.
MEDIA CONTACT: Yasmeen Manyisha, (Office)
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