Road crews in Pa., NJ on the move as winter storm approaches region

Mark Abrams
January 17, 2019 - 3:42 pm
Road crews are ready for whatever Thursday's storm delivers, but there are lots of uncertainties for the remainder of the weekend.

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UPDATED: 6.17 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Road crews are ready for whatever Thursday's storm delivers, but there are lots of uncertainties for the remainder of the weekend. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Brad Rudolph says the road maintenance supervisors had enough warning to take some advance measures. 

"We were able to pre-treat area expressways, highways, some of the secondary roads with brine. For some initial contact with the snow, it will help us with some of the bonding," he said. 

Rudolph says some 300 trucks equipped with salt and plows will be on roads through the night during the heart of the storm. 

"It should move out by 6 or 7 a.m. So, the morning rush should be wet in some ways. Hopefully our guys are doing well with the salt operations overnight and it has minimal impact," he added. 

New Jersey Department of Transportation's Steve Schapiro says crews are also out overnight Thursday and will be working into the morning rush to get the roads cleared. 

"If you do have to be out, you may want to consider leaving a little bit later, just to give our crews a little bit more time to get the roads clear and also to help spread out that morning-rush hour traffic."

Schapiro and Rudolph say road supervisors on both side of the Delaware River will be monitoring the weekend forecasts and developing a game plan to re-deploy crews with salt to handle the anticipated freezing conditions as temperatures plunge into the single-digits.