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Snow plowing plans in place ahead of storm

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MERCER, Pa. - With inches of snow possible, plows are stocking up on salt supplies to pre-treat roadways before they become too slick.

It's all about having a game plan before the flurries find their way to the ground. Protocols differ among city, county and state plows, but their goals are the same-- keep motorists safe from dangerous driving conditions.

PennDOT's Mercer County plows are powering up its winter shifts that cover 34 routes a week early.

"Of course Wednesday being the day before Thanksgiving, there's a lot of people out there traveling and it's our job to be out there to try to keep everybody as safe as we can," Jeff Dunlap says, Mercer County maintenance manager with PennDOT. 

Dunlap says plows pre-treats roads with brine usually a day before the storms arrive. Last year the county used 300,000 gallons of brine, but this year, Dunlap expects to spread close to 500,000 gallons of brine.

Access to accurate data, even inside their trucks assists them while on the road.

"We tell people that if you sat in the seat of one of our dump trucks, it's like sitting in the cockpit of an airplane, it's just amazing how much technology is in them," Dunlap says.

Trumbull County deploys 24 snow plows to work around the clock spreading salt ahead of snow storms. Trumbull County Highway Superintendent Gregg Alberini says his office monitors multiple web sites including ODOT's Buckeye Traffic to check traffic cameras along interstates and track road senor data.

In cities like Youngstown, plows treat highways and primary roads first. Blades hit winters with higher totals of snowfall.

 

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