All hands on deck as PennDOT prepares for snow in Philadelphia region

Justin Udo
February 10, 2019 - 2:26 pm
As it gets colder, wet roads may create problems for drivers.

KYW Newsradio, file


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation goes into overdrive as they work to keep motorists safe with the expected onslaught of inclement weather.

It's all hands on deck for PennDOT as they look to keep area roadways clear during the latest round of winter weather.

"We're calling in all of our state trucks, we'll also have more than 150 contractor trucks in the five-county region. We're looking at more than 325 trucks," said PennDOT's Brad Rudolph.

Rudolph says they've spent the last few days getting ready for whatever winter weather comes our way.

"Fortunately, we were able to pre-treat area highways and expressways as early as Friday, so that will help with the initial snow fall. Right now salt is pretty plentiful in the region, we have more than 100 thousand tons on hand," he said. 

Rudolph says they also want drivers to do their part to stay safe, like clearing the snow and ice from their cars.

"You're going to see a lot of our plows out, obviously give them plenty of space, six car lengths is recommended. Don't try to pass them, let them do their job," he told KYW Newsradio. 

He adds before you head out, check the road conditions on their website.