|Annual inspection ensures readiness|
Punxsutawney, PA (October 19) – 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 Jefferson County Maintenance Office in Punxsutawney will conduct its annual inspection of equipment at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 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, Jefferson County PennDOT is responsible for winter maintenance on 555 miles of State Roadway, which correlates to 1,166 snow lane miles that have to be maintained each winter event. To do this, the County is allocated a budget of $710,000 for the 2005-06 winter season.
In preparation for this winter, PennDOT's Jefferson County Maintenance Organization has stockpiled or has on order 7,389 tons of salt and 18,745 tons of antiskid materials at its five stockpiles located strategically around the county to provide efficient, effective services for area motorists. These locations include: Punxsutawney; Emerickville; Lanes Mills; Ringgold, and Brookville.
Jefferson County PennDOT has 69 permanent, eight temporary, and two stand-by equipment operators on board this year to handle its 29-vehicle truck fleet, six loaders, three graders, two 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.