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Crews prepare for a few inches of snow but anticipate challenges – CBS Pittsburgh

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Trucks full of salt lie inside the Cranberry Township Public Works garage.

“With all the current technology and all the forecasts, we’re really making strides. It benefits – 24-48 hours makes a big difference for us,” said Cranberry Township Public Works Manager Kelly Maurer.

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She said they will have 16 routes to cover about 135 miles. She believes that the holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would keep people off the road and allow crews the space they need to clear the snow.

“Because Monday is a holiday, we can clear the way. There will be no schools on Monday, possibly a lot of businesses closed. We should have plenty of time to be able to handle the storm on Sunday night and cleanup is expected on Monday,” Maurer told KDKA.

PennDOT says the teams will hit the streets this weekend. Once it snows, they’ll have 65 vans plus rent in Allegheny County. In Beaver County, there will be 36 trucks. 23 trucks will take care of the snow around Lawrence County.

“If you don’t have to go out, stay. That will give our tractor drivers more time and space to get ahead and handle the roads,” said Yasmeen Manyisha, PennDOT Press Officer.

The concern will be the rate of snowfall. With routes taking 2 to 3 hours for a PennDOT driver, the roads can become a quick coat of arms.

“If it snows at an inch per hour, understand that there could be heavy snow on the road,” says Manyisha.

If you must go outside, keep your distance from the plow.

“This is a big event so we wanted to clear the road and obviously get the tractors to clear the way so people can get out on Monday,” Maurer said.

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She recommends a distance of at least 50 feet. On highways, PennDOT advises at least seven car lengths.

Prior to the storm, PennDOT introduced the following travel restrictions:

Starting at 3pm on Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roads at Level 2 of the Commonwealth weather events plan:

  • All interstates south of Interstate 80, excluding Interstate 80
  • PA Turnpike I-76 (Main Road) from Ohio border to New Jersey border, including all westward extensions
  • PA Turnpike (I-476) Northeast Extension from I-276 to I-80
  • Full length of US 22
  • The entire length of Road 33

Starting at 7pm on Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following routes at Level 2 of the Commonwealth weather events plan:

  • All interstates north of I-80, including I-80
  • Extend PA Turnpike Northeast (I-476) from I-80 to Clarks . Summit

Starting at 7pm on Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roads at Level 3 of the commonwealth weather events plan:

Starting at 11pm on Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roads at Level 3 of the commonwealth weather events plan:

  • I-81 north of I-84
  • I-84
  • I-380

PennDOT says these vehicles are not allowed on roads with Level 2 restrictions:

  • Tractor without trailer
  • Tractors towing unladen or lightly loaded trailers, open trailers or tank trailers
  • Tractor towing a loaded trailer unless a chain or other approved Alternative Towing Equipment is on board
  • Accompanying cargo vans that meet the definition of CMV
  • Passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers
  • Recreational vehicles / motorbikes
  • School buses, commercial buses and buses
  • motorcycle
  • buses, commercial buses and coaches

“On roads with Level 3 restrictions, no commercial vehicles are allowed EXCEPT trailers carrying an approved Chain or Replacement Tractor. In addition, all school buses, commercial buses, coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorcycles and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not allowed. on affected roads where regulations are in place,” said PennDOT.

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PennDOT also recommends preparing these items in advance in the event of a stranding: non-perishable food, water, first aid kit, warm clothing, blanket, phone charger, and a small shovel.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/14/crews-prepare-for-several-inches-of-snow-pittsburgh/ Crews prepare for a few inches of snow but anticipate challenges – CBS Pittsburgh

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