PennDOT clears roads of snow, preps for ice

Click to watch the report from Action News
December 10, 2013 8:25:41 PM PST
After plowing the snow during the day, crews were treating the slick roads Tuesday night.

As day turned to night, drivers were moving, but cautious on the roadways.

"My car has 4-wheel drive so hopefully it doesn't spin out on me. I'd rather not get in an accident," Jake Hawk of Manayunk said.

Action News roamed around the area checking the state roads that lead right into several communities like Phoenixville, West Chester, and King of Prussia.

Drivers say they saw more problems in barely treated parking lots.

"People sliding. People falling down, actually, but the rest - Blue Route, 476, 422 - it was alright, it wasn't that bad," Matt McCudden of Phoenixville said.

After a day of tending to treacherous highways, PennDOT says its work is not done.

The agency was prepared for round 2 and hundreds of salt trucks were able to cover a lot of miles thanks to fewer vehicles out and about during those crucial evening hours.

For the Wednesday morning commute, workers in the traffic management center will look for potential problem spots so they can be taken care of quickly.

"It's still going to be cold. There could be some wet spots and that could cause some problems. So we want to make sure that we are guarded against that overnight hours," Nick Martino of PennDOT said.

Gladwyne resident Cat Washington told us she had a close call with black ice leaving her neighborhood. She says for her the morning rush won't be in a rush at all.

"Literally I'm going backwards and I'm like 'oh my God, please do not let me crash into somebody's car,' but it was okay," Washington said.

Earlier in the day, drivers hit the major roads in the tri-state area noticing a big difference from Sunday's storm.

"The roads are pretty clear. PennDOT is doing a great job clearing the roads. The back neighborhoods were pretty bad," Scott Schillinger of Skippack, Pennsylvania said.

There were few cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 202 which looked pretty clear Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County.

But this morning when it was really coming down, the Action Cam found quite a mess, especially on those secondary roads.

Cars drove on slushed covered roads in Warminster, Bucks County.

In Horsham, we barely spotted any traffic as we rode around the township.

And back in the city, vehicles were moving on what is typically a very busy Schuylkill Expressway.

"The forecast was right on the money on what was happening and how quick it came. We were able to really to put our operation in motion when we had our total 415 vehicles on site ready to go. That really helped," Martino said.

PennDOT says even though it will have crews out overnight, people should check road conditions before leaving home in the morning.


Load Comments