PennDOT Crews Helping Municipalities With Snow Clean Up

January 28, 2016

Harrisburg, PA In response to requests, PennDOT crews are assisting four municipalities across the state with snow removal following the weekend’s winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf said today.

“The weekend’s record breaking snow has left some municipalities struggling to clear their streets, and we are now in a position to assist,” Governor Wolf said. “While we have to prioritize on how much help we can provide, we will work to relieve some of the burden this storm has placed on our municipalities.”

In the wake of the storm which blanketed Harrisburg with a record 30 plus inches of snow, PennDOT assisted the city on Tuesday and Wednesday to help ensure Commonwealth employees could reach their offices. PennDOT dispatched three crews from Dauphin, Adams and Franklin counties. Each crew came with five dump trucks as well as loaders, skid loaders, snow blowers and belt loaders.

In addition, PennDOT sent five tandem trucks, a skid loader and a snow blower to Columbia, Lancaster County; five tandem trucks, a loader, skid loader and staff for traffic control to Reading; and four trucks to West Chester.

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards cautioned that PennDOT was responding to very unusual circumstances and is not able to routinely shift its resources to assist municipalities with snow removal. Also, since this situation is unusual, PennDOT will not be seeking reimbursement from municipalities for this work.

“We all appreciate the difficult challenges this storm has presented across the state and now that we are in position to shift some of our resources, we are happy to help a number of municipalities,” Secretary Richards said. “Residents are not too concerned about the intricacies of jurisdictional boundaries; they are inserted in getting back on the move, and we will do our best to help them do that.”

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