City Public Works Debuts New Snow Removal Plan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After the criticism the city faced about snow removal last winter, the public works department came up with a new snow removal plan.

Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski presented it to City Council Wednesday during a previously scheduled meeting.

The plan concentrates on hilly streets such as the South Side Slopes. The city has added a salt bar reducing the distance trucks have to travel to get refilled.

KDKA’s Jon Greiner reports:

“Saving the trips for the small equipment that only uses a minimal amount of salt, reducing their travel time in between loads so that’s working pretty well helping us with our response time,” Kaczorowski said.

When new snow begins to accumulate, the timeline starts over again and they will concentrate on main streets.

KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports:

  • Dan

    The snow looked the same at 7am as it did at 7 pm last night…..really mayor Luke? Can we find guy costa and bring him back….he got the job done

  • "Hill"-billy

    Take it from a “hilly” resident, those salt trucks are NOT doing the job. They spread salt from the sides, we don’t need salt on the side of the road!

  • Matt

    The city salt trucks spread from all angles including the middle.

    • I live on a cobblestone hill

      The city salt truck that comes up my hill when it does throws salt on my car, it does not spread salt from all angles including the middle. I don’t know what salt trucks you are talking about. Go down any side street off of Federal st and you will see the sidewalks are completely covered by salt from salt trucks, it is always on the drivers side of the trucks.

  • Linda

    My hilly Carrick area has been salted in a very timely manner – much better response than last year. Kudos to the salt crew!!! You guys have a hard job to do and don’t get enough credit!

  • Really?

    linda it couldnt get much worse than last yr..people died because the streets wernt plowed.

  • FixPGH

    Seriously, you guys whine and complain and moan about everything. Instead of trying to be active members of the community, you expect everyone to do everything for you.

    How many neighborhoods and streets are there here in Pittsburgh? This city has the most jacked up street system I have ever seen in my life, how do you expect a couple trucks to be able to reach them all before more snow hits?

    “But, why can’t they get more trucks?” Because it will need a tax increase and then you’ll be whining about that too. Be glad they are at least attempting to plow and salt and work harder than you do you ungrateful jerks.

  • Scott

    Check back when pgh. get’s a real storm. Don’t be giving out them at a boy’s just yet. It’s there job.

  • Parkedin

    I’m amused that folks are talking about plowing the streets. You have to take into consideration that many (if not most) streets in Pittsburgh can’t be plowed because of how degraded they are. Frequently, snow plows have a long metal “blade” attached to the plow itself with bolts and welds. Those blades will get ripped right off of the plow. When that happens, it either ruins the plow or tears up the streets further.

    I’ll be the first to admit that Luke is an awful and, at best, incompetent mayor but the fact remains that city streets are degrading must faster than they’re being repaved. Even when roads are patched, they tend to be very poorly done and need yearly repair. Hitting these patches once will ruin a snow blade and take a truck out of rotation for a day until it can be repaired. It’s just more effective to purpose the trucks to salt delivery instead and keep them in rotation.

    With all of that said, in my 6 years in Pittsburgh, I saw my street actually plowed for the first time this week. Something has definitely changed because they weren’t even salted for 2 weeks after snowpacalypse. Whatever changes were made, they seem to be an improvement.

    Just don’t blame plow drivers or Pittsburgh Public Works for the negligence of City Council and Mayor Luke. I’m sure all the money spent prosecuting protesters and paying out settlements for police brutality during the G20 would have been better purposed fixing some roads instead of raising Lukey’s national profile.

    Congrats, Luke, you’re the boy mayor of a city decaying city and recognized as such on a national scale now.

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