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PennDOT finds 35K tons of road salt
By: WJAC Web Staff
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Friday that they will begin shipping additional road salt to maintenance stockpiles across the commonwealth.
PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch said in a new release the 35,000 tons of road salt will be distributed in different amounts to regions in the coming days.
"Under the directions of Gov. Tom Corbett, PennDOT has worked aggressively to speed deliveries of road salt so we can maintain safety for the traveling public," Schoch said. "This new supply will be spread from eastern to western Pennsylvania, based on need, to replenish our stocks."
Working with the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, contractors picked up and delivered the salt to maintenance yards in Fulton County and in the Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg-Lancaster-York regions, Schoch said. Road salt will then be delivered from these locations to the Johnstown-Altoona, Pittsburgh and Uniontown-Washington regions.
The Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Johnstown-Altoona and Uniontown districts will receive 5,000 tons each, the Pittsburgh district will receive 3,000 tons and the Harrisburg district will receive 12,000 tons.
Once these deliveries are made there will be more than 200,000 tons of salt available for use, officials said.
PennDOT has used 1.12 million tons of salt, 25 percent more than the past five winters average usage of normally 831,000 tons, officials said.