Road crews take a breather, prepare for round 2 of winter storm

Mark Abrams
February 11, 2019 - 6:50 am
Ridge Pike in Conshohocken

Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio

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UPDATED: 2:30 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Snow plows and salt trucks worked through the morning on Monday to keep the roads clear for commuters, especially those who had a late start.

People were out and about, keeping up with their morning commute routines to kick off the work week. By the time most people hit the major routes, they were wet and passable.

However, some of the suburban neighborhoods where the plows did not get out, roads were snow-covered, and icy patches were tough to spot.

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Aidan drove to the Fort Washington train station. He said he didn’t have any problems and was prepared for the moment he would step off the train again and head back outside.

“I’ve got about a 10-minute walk. I’ve got waterproof shoes on. I’ve got a heavy jacket. I’ve got an umbrella in case it starts to rain.”

After today is in the books, there’s more snow expected, which Aidan is good with.

“We haven’t really gotten any real snow. I feel like we’ve only had one real snow storm. I’d like to see some more.”

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PennDOT's Ayanna Williams said state road crews are staying on as the second storm approaches.

"We are anticipating an additional storm that's going to hit today and into tomorrow, so our crews will be out for the duration doing winter weather cleanup as needed," she said.

She said PennDOT has plenty of salt on hand to handle both storms, and plow trains are ready to roll again when the second storm starts delivering on the snow.

In South Jersey, NJDOT crews were busy plowing and salting the roads, and they were wet and passable by the morning commute.

"This is kind of like a two-for-one storm," said Williams. "As we got bad weather, this morning's commute as well as in the evening, tomorrow morning's commute looks to be tricky as well."

She advised to be extra cautious on the roads, especially during the evening commute.

"Take your time, watch your speeds, definitely give yourself enough time. If you see our plow truck drivers on the roads, don't try to pass them."

The problem on both sides of the Delaware, PennDOT and NJDOT officials say, was impatient drivers who were moving too fast.

Before heading out, drivers are urged to check the road conditions on the PennDOT and NJDOT websites.

Another commuter, Frank, said he's always out on the road. 

“Since I drive in it every day, it really hasn't been that bad. They took care of the roads pretty good. The back roads, they're a little different, a little bit iffy, but the main roads are pretty good."

Frank said he's still waiting for that big storm. 

"I think it's coming. Probably around March, if history repeats itself."

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KYW Newsradio's Tim Jimenez and Andrew Kramer contribtued to this report.