|PENNDOT'S CLARION COUNTY CREWS PREPARE FOR WINTER INSPECTION, WEATHER|
Shippenville, PA (October 20) - With the changing seasons comes changing weather. Falling leaves will soon turn to falling snow. PennDOT Engineering District 10 is pleased to announce that the crews in all five of its county maintenance offices will be prepared when Jack Frost blows into town, bringing snow and ice with him.
To ensure all equipment is in working order for the upcoming winter season, PennDOT's Clarion County Maintenance Office at 21057 Paint Blvd., Shippenville, will conduct its annual inspection of equipment at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 25. All winter maintenance equipment will be displayed and inspected to ensure readiness. Media representatives are invited to attend the inspection.
"Winter weather can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean we have to enter the season with uncertainty," said George W. McAuley, assistant district executive for maintenance. "Our customers should be assured that we are prepared for whatever winter throws at us. Our people are ready, and our equipment is ready. We'll meet the challenge as it comes, so people on the roads can get to wherever they need to go."
Clarion County PennDOT is responsible for maintaining 476 miles of State roadway, which correlates to 1,039 lane miles needing snow and ice removal during each winter event.
To prepare, the county has already stored 8,500 tons of salt and 24,000 tons of anti-skid materials at its five stockpile locations strategically located throughout the county for timely, efficient and effective service for motorists. With a budget of $540,000 for 2006-2007 winter maintenance, the Clarion office is prepared to order more materials should the need arise.
This winter, the PennDOT maintenance office in Clarion County will have 56 full-time equipment operators and 18 temporary equipment operators on staff to handle its fleet of 22 plow trucks, three graders, six loaders and one snow blower.
Motorists with winter maintenance concerns are asked to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to contact their nearest county maintenance office. The Clarion County Maintenance Office will be staffed 24 hours a day beginning Monday, October 30.