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A look inside at what goes on with PennDOT’s trucks
CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. -- Do we really know all that goes on into making sure our roads are drivable during a winter storm?
PennDOT let us take a ride in a truck Wednesday to allow us to navigate through a specific journey.
Cory Cessna is in his fourth week on the job as a PennDOT plow truck driver and he has already been given big responsibilities.
"Our main goal is just to get the roads cleared off before everyone has to go to work," said Cessna.
He is on his 11th hour of a 13-hour shift since before midnight.
Cessna has been plowing snow on his Troutville- Luthersburg route and spreading an average of about 175 pounds of salt and limestone every mile.
"To cover my whole route is close to three hours," said Cessna. "I gotta do every road one way and turn around come back the other."
He used a monitor to control how much mixed material is released and a combination of buttons and joy sticks to control his front plow and the one attached to the side of the vehicle -- a lot to manage while driving.
He said this is for the safety of other people. You don't want to hit other people and then mailboxes, road signs or cars, he said.
Cessna said putting the plows down causes a lot of wear and tear on the trucks. When the trucks are not out servicing the roads, they are being serviced to make sure they are ready for the next route.