PennDOT readies for upcoming storm, requests people keep roadways clear

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Snow can be fun to play in, but can be a nightmare to drive in, and that’s why crews from both the city of Erie and PennDOT are preparing to head out for the anticipated 6-14 inches expected in the area.

Mayor Joe Schember declaring a snow emergency in Erie, and Your Weather Authority predicting the Erie area will see heavy snowfall and high winds. 

The city of Erie is working to ensure snowplows and salt trucks are ready to go out to clean the roadways when the snow flies. 

Steve Sornberger, Chief of Streets, says, “We went over everything on them. We’ve checked all of the fluids and filled them. We’ve got all the tanks filled. Everything is ready to go on them mechanically.” 

The city has also ordered extra salt for the roads and changed shift schedules. 

Sornberger says, “I’ve put the men on 12-hour notice for standby. We will be going on 12-hour shifts if we get the snow that is predicted.”  He also says that, in anticipation of the storm, they have cut trees that may create issues with powerlines.

Trucks are filling up with salt right now.  Erie city officials say that they are fully prepared for the storm to hit, with an estimated 28 to 35 trucks ready to hit the roads at any given point.

PenDOT is also preparing trucks for the weekend storm. 

Assistant County Manager for PennDOT, Tom Mellow, tells us, “We’re making sure that all of our trucks are good to go. We’re making sure our schedules are good for manpower, and material. We have all of our stockpile stocked and ready to go.”

PennDOT plans on sending out 38 trucks to clean the roads.  They will also be putting into effect a commercial vehicle restriction.

Mellow says, “We’re hoping that people will stay off the roadways. This sounds like it’s going to be a pretty serious storm. If people can go ahead and get their stuff done today that will help us out immensely.”

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