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Thursday, January 2, 2014

PennDOT warns motorists to remain alert for blowing or drifting snow overnight

Travel Advisory
01/02/2014
PennDOT warns motorists to remain alert for blowing or drifting snow overnight

Montoursville – With wintry winds picking up overnight, PennDOT is reminding drivers to slow down, pay attention and use extra caution on area roadways, especially when extremely cold temperatures slow the effectiveness of salt to melt snow or ice.

PennDOT is out across the region plowing and treating roads, but very low temperatures and high winds can quickly diminish the transportation department’s efforts to keep roads safe and passable. Blowing or drifting snow has the potential to quickly cover a recently-plowed road. Slow down and stay alert to the potential for rapidly-changing conditions.

During winter storms, interstates and expressways are PennDOT's primary focus and equipment may be redirected to these routes during significant winter events. Plow trucks will also be slowed when facing heavy precipitation or when many other vehicles are also on roadways. This means that during heavier storms, motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.

How often roadways are plowed or treated with salt and other material depends on a road’s traffic volume. On interstates and expressways, PennDOT aims for its plow trucks to pass by the same point on a plow route every two hours. For other major roadways the department’s goal is for trucks to pass by the same point every two or three hours. On lower-volume roadways the department’s goal extends to every three to four hours, with less frequent cycles on roads with the lowest traffic volumes.

The department also asks motorists to allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks. Also, for their own safety and the safety of plow operators, motorists should never attempt to pass a truck while it is plowing or spreading winter materials.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

people need to slow down and not pass any one weather a plow truck or cars that's why people get kill in to big of hurry

Anonymous said...

It quit snowing last night, but almost 24 hrs later the roads around Austin 872,607 are still totally covered. Can we please put the plows down a little more? Or please order cinders that actually have salt or some kind of melting agent. Only way they get clear around here is if the temperature rises above the freezing point and its sunny for an extended period.