PennDOT secretary grilled about weather-related truck restrictions

Tony Romeo
March 03, 2019 - 3:37 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania’s transportation secretary is defending the administration’s policy of putting more extensive storm restrictions on commercial vehicles this winter.

PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards says while weather-related restrictions on trucks are not new, they have ramped up since a November storm that left motorists stranded.

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But as budget hearings continued, House Republican Doyle Heffley expressed concerns that commerce is being disrupted in areas that end up getting little snow or ice. 

“Dairy farmers, they milk their cows twice a day. That milk (has) got to get to the market. We have pharmaceutical companies that needed vaccines to get to the market, and there’s a time and expiration on a lot of these things," Heffley said. 

Richards responded that one goal is to have roads that are clear when the storm is over. 

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“We have had companies come and thank us because they know the moment that the restriction is lifted, there is free-flowing traffic," Richards said. 

Richards says the administration will continue working on finding the right balance.