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Monday, November 19, 2012

Motorists Encouraged to Join PennDOT in Preparing for Winter Travel

Motorists Encouraged to Join PennDOT in Preparing for Winter Travel

Harrisburg – As the winter and holiday travel seasons approach, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today announced that the department has 5,400 operators and more than 2,250 trucks ready for winter weather, and encouraged motorists to join in preparations for the season.

“PennDOT’s primary goal during winter weather is keeping our nearly 40,000 miles of roadway passable, which means they won’t necessarily be free of ice and snow during storms,” Schoch said. “Getting through winter safely is a shared responsibility between us and our customers, so I encourage motorists to be sure they’re ready for whatever conditions we’ll face this winter.”

During storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT’s primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events. During heavier storms, motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roadways, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter, there were 176 crashes resulting in five fatalities and 113 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors in the crash.

Motorists should carry an emergency kit including items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket and small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific need they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games.

Last winter, PennDOT used more than 450,000 tons of salt on state roads. Currently, PennDOT has approximately 777,000 tons of salt stockpiled and will continue to take salt deliveries throughout the winter.

PennDOT has agreements with more than 680 municipalities for them to clear state roads within their jurisdictions. The department also rents approximately 270 trucks and operators to assist with snow removal, as needed.

Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 670 traffic cameras. 511PA also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Access to 511PA is also available by calling 511.

For more information on PennDOT’s winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, visit the department’s “Ready for Winter” website at www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

I think Penndot may have to reconsider their winter budget due to Global Warming.Had minimal snow last year.Getting towards the end of November now and we're gettin almost sixty degree sunny weather!Sorry republicans it is true!

Anonymous said...

Yes Mr. Democrat, its definately not just a climate cycle that has occured hundreds of times. But at least you guys can make a bunch of shit up that you can tax right?

Anonymous said...

Enjoy it while it lasts Democrate.

Anonymous said...

We pay taxs. So Mr Schoch we are not customers. So what does that make you?

Anonymous said...

VERY GOOD POINT!!!

Anonymous said...

way to think cut the penn dot budget then when things go to hell in a handbag and they dont have anything to work with then who will you blame

Anonymous said...

Road work should be contracted out. It would save the taxpayer money and you would get a better job.

Anonymous said...

4.03 have you realy seen the crap job hawbakers do on the roads they pave and how bad of a job they do on bridges you are in a world that you dont understand so just shut up

Anonymous said...

You just can't fix stupid! You can sedate it but you can't fix it!