State and local road crews gear up for winter weather conditions

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PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There’s some winter weather moving across our region and area road crews are out and about at this hour.

It is one of the first winter events of the season and traffic is moving and there are no major travel troubles across our region.

But, law enforcement and road crews say some roads can be slippery. So they are advising drivers to use caution behind the wheel.

Eyewitness News also wanted to find out just how prepared state and local crews are for the long winter ahead.

Crews with Pittston City Department of Public Works (DPW) were getting their vehicles ready for the impending winter weather Monday afternoon.

They say it’s all about being ready. So there’s no delay in getting the job done and they have a message for drivers.

“Well, they can help us out stay off the roads so we can get the hills cleared. A lot of times they get stuck then we can’t get by them,” said Bruce Widdick, Pittston City, DPW Foreman.

Pittston’s mayor says despite reports of supply chain shortages, due to COVID-19, the city is in good shape heading into the winter season.

“It’s a matter of being prepared. We did an expansion of public works a couple of years ago for that very reason to make sure that we have everything on hand. Last year one of the issues wasn’t as much as getting the salt it was getting it from point a to here point b,” said Pittston Mayor, Michael Lombardo.

The City of Wilkes-Barre is also ready to face old man winter.

“We’re in good shape. Manpower we’re in good shape but also salt and things to treat the roads we still have some stuff left from last year,” said George Browne, Mayor of Wilkes-Barre.

PennDOT managers say they too are ready to do battle with winter conditions and don’t expect any supply or manpower issues.

“So we start our preps for this winter at the end of last winter. We started to recruit our operators then we started refilling all of our slat and our brine at that point. We have on hand 71,000 tons of salt ready to go,” said Jonathan Eboli, Assistant District Executive, PennDOT.

PennDOT says that should more than carry them through the winter of 2022.

Everyone Eyewitness News spoke with Monday says they never take winter for granted in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

We also talk with them about their preparedness as the winter season moves in.

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