Ahead of storm, Berks crews preparing for worst, hoping for best

Berks crews preparing for worst,...

READING, Pa. - As Mother Nature threatens Berks County with its first significant snowfall of the season, road crews are starting to get in place.

"We'll have people in position before the snow starts," said Rick Stone, the Berks County PennDOT equipment manager. "We'll keep them out till it's over with."

PennDOT's 42 plow trucks in Berks County are filled with salt and ready to go. Stone said he hopes operations can run smoothly through the morning.

"We will be dealing with through the rush hour, so just ask everybody to slow down, give some space, take their time, plan ahead," said Stone.

Drivers can track where the PennDOT trucks are using the 511PA website or mobile app.

"I like the traffic monitors so you can kind of see where the slow ups are," he said, "because sometimes it points out a problem before we even know."

"At the peak of the storm, we are expecting to have 19 plows and salt trucks out on the road," said Ralph Johnson, director of Reading Public Works.

Crews in Reading are also preparing for the snow. So far, there are no parking restrictions, but that could change.

"If the storm upgrades going into this evening, then we may release an announcement about parking restrictions along snow emergency roads and open up the parking garages," said Johnson.

While crews are preparing, some city residents are getting excited.

"He was actually telling me, 'Grandpa, we're going to go sledding tomorrow,'" said Amory Thompson who, we interviewed with his grandson.

Another note for Reading residents before you go sledding, there will be no garbage or recycling collection Thursday.

Thursday's will be picked up on Friday and Friday's trash and recycling will be collected on Saturday.

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