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

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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  1. dirtystreetgirl says:

    I hope they put those GPS units on the street sweepers this spring “to make sure all the streets get done” because my street didn’t get swept once last year.

  2. purvis.youngblood says:

    a city worker plowing streets needing a GPS??? WHY? don’t they know where they are going while behind a snowplow? do the streets change shapes and directions because there is snow on them? do the firetrucks need GPS in the snow? how about the garbage trucks?

    maybe we can get them Onstar too!!

  3. PURVIS.YOUNGBLOOD says:

    sorry,

    I’m gald Ralpg K3%q&ski has a GPS in his truck to tellhim where to turn…how about following the snow? keep going until it’s gone, then turn…

    as for the GPS units eventually being syned with others being and being in operation in a month or so…

    Dropped the ball again….HEY PITTSBURGH GOVERNMENT—IT’S GOING TO SNOW AGAIN!!!!!

    DID YOU HEAR ME, IT IS GOING TO SNOW AGAIN!!!!!! DON’T LET THE IMPENDING SNOWSTORM SNEAK UP ON YOU LUKE!!!!!! IT IS GOING TO SNOW, YES, HERE, IN PITTSBURGH, YES TODAY AND TOMORROW…

    HOW ABOUT NO SKI TRIP TO HIDDEN VALLEY WITH YOUR CRONIES….IT IS GOING TO SNOW, DO YOU HEAR ME???

    KNOCK KNOCK…WHO’S THERE?…..BOO- A SNOWSTORM!!!!!

  4. missi says:

    really….gps…come on now…the city and county are in financial trouble and they are installing gps units in the trucks….for guys who have been drive the streets for how long now???

  5. cliff says:

    they are installing the gps units to make sure they are moving and not plowing the mayor s drive way or sleeping some place

  6. dirtystreetgirl says:

    exactly cliff, that’s why they should put them on the street sweepers too.

  7. ks says:

    they have to for whiners like you all who probably dont even clean your sidewalks after a snow but continue to complain because you didnt visually see the truck come down your street boo hoo my car has snow on it get real people move to florida if its to bad for u here,,,,,,,love my city, its workers and

  8. really says:

    It’s long overdue for public works to get this system.No the streets don’t change but, who is watching the workers answer nobody!When it came time for Rob Kaczorowski to prove the work his crews had done all he had was a piece of paper with chicken scratch on it.The GPS is a tracking system, now the drivers can’t slack off i.e. big brother is watching.This coming summer i would like to hear the city purchased plows and GPS for the garbage trucks. Garbage trucks can clear the flat main roads and major arteries.Then the dump trucks can clear secondary streets while the pick up trucks clear paper streets.Snow removal is a function of government this is a service that government should supply! Proper snow removal is what you tax dollar should go towards.This GPS should come with a external website for city residents to check and a cell phone app.It would be nice to check your cell phone to see if the plow truck has salted your street.If lukey can’t figure it out Google is over at bakery square i am sure they can get it done.

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