News for Immediate Release
Feb. 25, 2014
Governor Corbett Directs PennDOT to Accelerate Salt
Supply Pick Up
Dozens of Trucks Moving
20,000 tons of Salt to PennDOT Facilities
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today directed PennDOT to
accelerate deliveries of much needed road salt by sending dozens of trucks to
the Wilmington, Del., port to pick up supplies.
“The pattern of multiple storms hitting Pennsylvania
in recent weeks has forced PennDOT to use salt much more quickly than in recent
years,” Corbett said. “I called for this special effort to accelerate PennDOT’s
resupply efforts and ensure continued safe travel on the state road network.”
Between today and Tuesday, March 4, commercial
haulers, contracted specifically to PennDOT, will deliver 20,000 tons of road
salt to three staging areas at PennDOT facilities in the Philadelphia,
Allentown and Harrisburg regions. These three areas have been the most heavily
impacted and are in most need of resupply. Trucks will be deployed around the
clock to complete the deliveries. Additional salt is on order to replenish
areas where the immediate need is less critical.
Through mid-February, PennDOT had used just over 988,000
tons of salt across the state, nearly 32 percent more than what was used over
the same period, on average, over the past five years.
Under an emergency proclamation Governor Corbett
signed on Feb.3, drivers delivering salt are permitted to be in service for
periods beyond normal limits to help accelerate shipments.
“Forecasts indicate more winter weather is still in
store for Pennsylvania, and these additional steps will put us in better
position to ensure our citizens can keep moving as safely as possible,” Corbett
said. “I give my thanks to Secretary Barry Schoch and his team for effectively
coordinating this special effort.”
Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT; 717-783-8800
Steve Chizmar, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116