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Road Crews Prep For More Snow, City To Get GPS In Salt Trucks

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With another round of snow headed our way, salt trucks will be back out in full force today all across the area trying to keep the roads clear of snow and ice.

As it seems every winter in Pittsburgh, the cycle of plow, salt and repeat has become a weekly ritual over the last few weeks.

In what is becoming a trend around the country, city salt trucks will soon be equipped with special GPS units to help clear neighborhood roads.

The idea is to make the trucks and drivers more efficient, and track whether or not certain streets have been treated.

“So that drivers will have a tool in the cab itself instead of reading a paper sheet to make sure all the streets get done. He’ll have that GPS you have in your vehicle, I have in my vehicle, that tells him turn right here, turn left here and so forth,” Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski said.

Some units have already been installed, waiting to be synced up with a computer system. They should be in operation in another month or so.

PennDOT already has GPS units in its salt trucks.

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