|Annual inspection ensures readiness|
Indiana, PA (November 7) – Although leaves still cling to the trees this fall, the first snow storm could come at anytime. PennDOT Engineering District 10 is pleased to notify motorists and area residents that crews will be ready when the flakes begin to drop.
To be certain all equipment is ready for the upcoming winter season, PennDOT's Indiana County Maintenance Office on Route 286 (Oakland Avenue) in White Township in will conduct its annual inspection of equipment at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2005. All winter maintenance equipment will be displayed and inspected to ensure readiness. Media representatives are invited to attend the inspection.
"We want our customers to be assured our winter maintenance forces are ready to battle the elements," said Joseph P. Dubovi III, Assistant District Executive for Maintenance. "What this winter will bring is anyone's guess, but we are prepared for the worst Old Man Winter has to offer. Whatever the case may be, our goal is to get you where you are going."
Each winter, Indiana County PennDOT is responsible for winter maintenance on 813 miles of State Roadway, which correlates to 1,749 snow lane miles that have to be maintained each winter event. To do this, the County is allocated a budget of $840,000 for the 2005-06 winter season.
In preparation for this winter, PennDOT's Indiana County Maintenance Organization has stockpiled or has on order 8,800 tons of salt and 18,000 tons of antiskid materials at its eight stockpiles located strategically around the county to provide efficient, effective services for area motorists. These locations include: Indiana; Kent Hill; Homer City; Clyde; Strongstown; Hillsdale; Marion Center, and Smithport.
Indiana County PennDOT has 92 permanent equipment operators and 20 temporary equipment operators on board this year to handle its 40-vehicle truck fleet, nine loaders, five graders, two anti-icing trucks, and one tractor mounted snow blower.
If motorists have any winter maintenance concerns, they are asked to call 1-800 FIX ROAD for prompt service.