PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Public Works employees have had a busy night and morning dealing with our latest round of winter weather.
Mayor Bill Peduto held a news conference at the City-County Building Monday morning to update their progress.
This morning, Peduto went out with Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa to survey conditions on side streets.
Peduto says he’s pleased with the progress that’s been made in the Public Works Department over the past year and wants to let the people of Pittsburgh know he cares about their safety.
“It’s about time we have something like this. I’m hoping for more,” North Side resident Gail Dwyer said.
Dwyer is excited about the snow. KDKA’s Amy Wadas talked to her as she was cleaning snow off of her car. She said she is satisfied with the condition of the city streets.
“I think the City of Pittsburgh does a great job keeping things moving,” Dwyer said.
“I think all our primaries have been done and are in great shape. It’s evidence you’ve been around the city and are seeing wet streets. That’s a good sign,” Director for the City of Pittsburgh Public Works Mike Gable said.
The city is now putting all of its time and effort on side streets.
A total of 81 vehicles have been out since 6 a.m. Monday working in 12-hour shifts just to make sure everything is under control.
However, the city is still under a Level Two Alert. That means roads will take 16 to 32 hours to be cleared after the snow stops.
Rachel Wojdowski will continue to take her dog, Lovie, out to the bathroom before work, snow or not.
“She’s doing better than I thought. Normally, she’ll take about two minutes in the snow and she’s ready to go back in, but surprisingly, she wants to keep going,” Wojdowski said.
While she’s not worried about driving in the snow to work, she says she will still be cautious.
“I think the snow is still wet and sticky, not like the ice we had a couple weeks ago. It makes travel easier, but it’s still dangerous on the roads,” Wojdowski said.
You can track the progress of the snow plows in the City of Pittsburgh. The Snow Plow Tracker was activated at 3 p.m. on Sunday and will stay up throughout the snow storm until every street is plowed.
The city also offers a “Snow Angel” service. It allows residents who are unable to shovel themselves call for help from neighbors.