Crew get ready to roll before it snows – CBS Pittsburgh

By: Chris Hoffman and Bryant Reed / KDKA-TV

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Road crews are preparing for another winter blast.

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Crews will not repair the roads but they say nature helped them on Friday with sunshine and warmer temperatures. They hope this prevents the snow from clinging to them.

Allegheny County Public Works said it will be on standby to take care of roads because of the expected inclement weather Friday night and Saturday morning.

“Prepared. We’re going to have 34 trucks and they’ll be leaving until all the roads of Allegheny County are cleared,” said Public Works Director Stephen Shanley.

Shanley urged people to be extra careful if they have to go out.

“We encourage them to plan their trip. There can be accumulation of snow on the road, especially when it is windy. We expect winds of 10 to 20 mph, so cold winds can freeze bridges and roads, so take your time and plan accordingly,” said Shanley.

Shanley said he understands everyone wants their roads cleared as quickly as possible but requires patience as teams take hours to get to every road.

“We have to add salt to our trucks and stocking on average takes two to three hours, so it depends on how far away they are. So be patient. Depending on how heavy it is, it takes them a while to return to the district to reload the salt,” he said.

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Pittsburgh Public Works teams will begin Friday night. They plan to have 70 trucks leave the station on Saturday. The challenge was with overnight snowfall.

READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Winter storm warning issued for Saturday, 3-6 inches of snow possible

“I think people need to know that they probably won’t wake up when their streets are plowed,” said Acting Public Works Director Chris Hornstein.

Hornstein said the trucks will take their normal routes overnight, and just before parade time, some will help clear the route.

“Our hope is that the marchers will be here and it will be as safe as we can get to them. Our teams will be out on the streets and in residential areas working in those areas,” Hornstein said.

The city has about six new vans and six new rental cars. They will go where they are needed, but will not show up on tracked plows.

PennDOT said it will have 70 trucks around Allegheny County. The crew will be out until midnight Saturday.

“The first layer of snow won’t stick at first, it will melt and it will take a while to start to stick,” said PennDOT County Maintenance Manager Allegheny Ben DeVore.

PennDOT said the HOV lane will be closed because of the storm. It will close two hours after the Penguins game ends.

PennDOT also has limited plans for some routes. An updated list of restrictions can be found this.

Everyone on the road advises you this: if you’re out tomorrow, give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

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If you want to know who looks after your roads and how long it takes for the snow to stop on your way, you can find a way to do that, this. Crew get ready to roll before it snows – CBS Pittsburgh


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