The calendar might say spring but the weather still says winter. Despite today’s snow, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation road crews have been keeping up with the season that won’t quit.
The parade of smaller storms this winter has not depleted PennDOT’s supplies according to spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt. She says it has been relatively mild winter statewide on the whole.
Waters-Trasatt says PennDOT treats depending on the type of storm and whether there’s more ice or snow or rain mixing in. If storms are closer together, there will be salt residue on the roads, meaning they will have to pre-treat less. Just last week, parts of the state had a similar snowfall.
Waters-Trassat says they have not changed their brine use recently; they’re not using more or less of it than usual. Some mechanics are reporting more vehicle corrosion, citing more use of brine in recent years by road crews during winter.
You can learn more about PennDOT’s approach to winter storms at the department’s website.