PennDOT Crews Continue Storm Clean Up

Focus Shifts to Widening Already Plowed Routes

Jan 24, 2016, 15:52 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennDOT crews continue to clear snow in the Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley and the central and southern regions of Pennsylvania in the wake of the massive snow storm that buried wide areas of the state.

"Our crews worked long and hard over the weekend to stay on top of the 10 to 30 inches of snow that blanketed much of the state," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "We are gratified that many drivers heeded our warnings to postpone travel, and now we continue to wrap up and be prepared for whatever is coming our way in the weeks ahead."

The focus now is to clear wider areas through already plowed snow, to ensure there is space for moving more snow when the next storm arrives. Crews in the most heavily impacted areas continue to work shifts and will do so into the evening and Monday in some cases to watch for any ice formation and deal with blowing snow. In some cases, as needed, PennDOT is deploying loaders and snow blowers to assist with snow cleanup.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation