|Annual inspection ensures readiness|
Kittanning, PA (October 26) – Although leaves still cling to the trees this fall, the first snow flakes have already covered the landscape. PennDOT Engineering District 10 is pleased to notify motorists and area residents that crews are prepared to battle the elements
To be certain all equipment is ready for the upcoming winter season, PennDOT's Armstrong County Maintenance Office in Kittanning will conduct its annual inspection of equipment at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 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, Armstrong County PennDOT is responsible for winter maintenance on 667 miles of State Roadway, which correlates to 1,429 snow lane miles that have to be maintained each winter event. To do this, the County is allocated a winter material budget of $800,000 for the 2005-06 season.
In preparation for this winter, PennDOT's Armstrong County Maintenance Organization has stockpiled or has on order 8,390 tons of salt and 18,683 tons of antiskid materials at its seven stockpiles located strategically around the county to provide efficient, effective services for area motorists. These locations include: Crooked Creek, Kiski, Worthington, Cowansville, Distant, Snyderville, and Kittanning.
Armstrong County PennDOT has 81 permanent equipment operators, 12 temporary equipment operators, and seven stand-by operators this year to handle its 31-vehicle truck fleet, eight loaders, five graders, three anti-icing trucks, and one snow blower.
If motorists have any winter maintenance concerns, they are asked to call 1-800 FIX ROAD for prompt service.