Ohio and Pa. road crews preparing for snowfall

ODOT crews are planning their attack for the weekend storm to hit Youngstown, Ohio.

(WKBN) – With more snow on the way, the Ohio and Pennsylvania departments of transportation are ready for your morning commute.

Snow is projected to begin at 1 a.m., with 0.25 inches per hour through Wednesday morning. Some areas could see 5 to 8 inches between now and Wednesday.

There will be 17 salt trucks on the roads in Mahoning County, 23 trucks in Trumbull County and 24 trucks in Ashtabula County to treat state roads. Each county will also have their own trucks out, as well as the various municipalities.

Across the border in Pennsylvania, you’ll see 33 trucks on state roads in Mercer County.

Jack Butler, assistant county maintenance manager for PennDOT, said the “A-shift” crew will be out early, starting at midnight. They’ll work until noon, when B-shift takes over. That shift works until at least 8 p.m., if not midnight.

There will also be brine tankers on the road to keep things clear. As much as 8,000 gallons of brine is already made for the 6,000 gallon tankers, which will replenish their stockpiles throughout the day.

Crews were already out on Monday, so Butler said residual salt will buy them some time.

As part of an expanded technology pilot, the public can now view hundreds of plow trucks on interstates and expressways this winter at www.511PA.com, Governor Tom Wolf announced on Monday. The announcement is part of the Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system pilot first announced by the governor in October, which improves PennDOT’s information on vehicle movement and usage of winter materials.

The public see the location of more than 500 PennDOT plow trucks and more than 200 contracted rental trucks this winter through the 511PA website.

For team coverage as this system rolls in, make sure you join Dan, Lauren, Rich and reporter Derrick Lewis on 27 First News This Morning, starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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