PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The last time a winter storm came through, the roads became a mess. The snow caught many off guard, and vehicles were sliding all over the highways and traffic was at a dead stop for hours.READ MORE: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice Tells Bette Midler To Kiss Dog’s ‘Heinie’ - And Shows It
This time though, PennDOT and the City of Pittsburgh say they are ready.
Pittsburgh Public Works has 71 trucks and tractors ready to plow and salt. They have another 36 vehicles on standby.
Meanwhile, to deal with the potential freezing rain, crews spent the overnight hours pre-treating roads with a brine mix.
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They brought in crews four hours early to get ahead of the storm.
“So, we are going to have our night turn after midnight start to put material down,” said Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable. “We are going to supplement it by bringing in our daylight crews that start at 6. We are going to bring them in at 2 a.m.”
Over in Westmoreland County, crews cleaned up their trucks and then loaded them with salt ahead of the storm. The Hempfield Township manager says his crews are responsible for 300 miles of roads.
West Penn Power is also preparing for the possibility of downed power lines.
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“Were looking at three to five inches of wet snow for the most part, in the 24 counties we cover,” said Todd Meyers of West Penn Power. “So, we’ll have all our normal people, plus we’ll have our internal contractors.”
If your power is knocked out, West Penn Power is asking you to be patient. They also suggest staying home if you don’t need to be out in the weather.
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PennDOT crews headed out onto the roads around midnight. A total of 69 trucks are out treating roads until the last flake flies.
KDKA’s Lisa Washington Reports:
Officials with PennDOT have imposed a 45 mile per hour speed limit on Interstate 80, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other highways. Those restrictions went into place at 6 a.m.
Semis hauling empty trailers will not be allowed on those roads until the storm passes.MORE NEWS: Frick Park Bridge Collapse: 10 People Injured, 4 Sent To Hospital
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