Crews, Residents Take Precautions After Icy Mess
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh neighborhood received some extra attention by road crews today after an icy mess caused a scary scene during the Tuesday morning commute.
Residents on Fallowfield Avenue in Beechview watched as cars careened down their street, colliding with other vehicles along the way after freezing rain and sleet created frozen conditions during the overnight hours Monday night into Tuesday morning.
Many residents parked their vehicles at the top of the hill and others positioned their vehicles differently on the street Tuesday night over fears of another icy morning Wednesday.
Crews heavily salted the road, as well as others like it, during the overnight hours to try and prevent a repeat this morning.
On Tuesday, some of the people living along the street said it had not been salted Monday night or Tuesday morning.
However, Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski says that is not true and has paperwork showing where his trucks were.
“We had a truck up there salting the hills in Beechview. The foreman was up there salting the hills in Beechview during the ice storm, in particular bricks and blocks and cobblestone, which Fallowfield was,” said Kaczorowski. “I’m not going to call the guy up and ask him about what time he did it, but throughout the night we were servicing the Beechview area.”
Officials with Pittsburgh Public Works say crews spread five tons of salt from 10 p.m. Monday though Tuesday morning.
“As soon as it turns icy, that’s the first thing we do,” added Kaczorowski. “It started raining I guess about 10 o’clock, as soon as an icy condition comes about, as soon as it starts to get a little slick, the first thing you do are the bricks, block and cobblestone streets.”
Conditions on the Fallowfield Avenue were clear Wednesday morning.