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PennDOT not low on salt mixture
By: WJAC Web Staff
EBENSBURG, Pa. -- Subzero temperatures are something 6 News viewers are used to by now but there still is a concern for many who are working or driving through it.
"We're used to these sounds, plows scraping pavement and salt spraying the roadways," said PennDOT worker Ted Smay.
Boroughs like Ebensburg are keeping up with Mother Nature's demand without breaking the bank.
"We do use salt and were fine," said Ebensburg Borough Manager Dan Penatzer. "We ordered more in recent years but our supply is in good shape."
With this cold snap putting a third week of subzero temperatures, PennDOT is sticking to traditional methods to treat roadways.
"The high winds makes it tough for us to do our jobs we have to keep extra guys in order to keep up with the winds all night even though it's not snowing we do have trucks on the road taking care of those blowing areas," Smay said.
Since the salt does not work in the colder weather, PennDOT is forced to use an anti-skid mixture so people have traction on the roadways said Smay.
Portage Volunteer Fire Department in Cambria County has opened its doors as an emergency warming shelter should anyone lose heat during the most recent cold snap.
"We've had a few calls where people just want to know if they could come here if they couldnit get things straightened out at their houses," said Portage Fire Department Fire Chief Jamie Miller. "Better to have it and not use it than need it and not have it."
PennDOT said the road crews that are out and about are at a normal pace, but being out two to three weeks a time can take a toll.