PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Department of Public Works is preparing for another round of winter weather.
According to Allegheny County Department of Public Works Director Stephen Shanley, first thing Thursday morning, the county will have 27 trucks loaded with salt and plows ready to hit the road.READ MORE: Mon Wharf Reopening For Parking On Monday
Crews are working extended shifts and there will be 24-hour coverage throughout the storm. Routes for each driver will be designated by district.
Shanley reminded the public that Allegheny County does not have a plow tracker app and said many of the people who call and complain about their roads not being touched are not even within the county jurisdiction.
If you want to know who is responsible for your roads, check out the county website.
The county also has an abundant reserve of rock salt, with over 400 tons being delivered each day because of the recent increase of severe weather.
All of this snow and ice has created a busier winter for salt and plow crews.READ MORE: University of Pittsburgh Main Campus Shifts Into Lower-Risk Classification For The Coronavirus
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“Our folks have been out for the last couple of days. We’re getting a lot of practice at this. Our operators are getting very good at it. All four of our counties are prepared, our trucks and operators are in good shape and so is our material,” said Jay Ofsanik, the acting press officer for PennDot District 12.
Ofsanik said in PennDot District 12, they’ve been using more salt this year but there is no shortage.
“As far as our usage, we’re definitely up, probably past last year but we’re always prepared for that, prepared to purchase more salt when necessary,” Ofsanik said.
Brent Wasko with Allegheny County Department of Public Works said they have ordered $1,007,700 worth of salt this season, which is under their $1.4 million budget. Last year, they ordered $897,000 worth of salt.
PennDot District 12, which covers Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland counties, will send out 200 trucks on Thursday.MORE NEWS: Baldwin High School Students Raise Thousands Of Dollars Through Polar Pop Event For Special Olympics Of Pennsylvania
Anyone who needs somewhere warm to escape the cold check out Allegheny County’s list of winter shelters.