PennDOT launches new tool to help drivers in winter weather

'Drivers should keep safety top of mind'

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Like it or not, winter is coming, and PennDOT is launching a new tool to help drivers navigate snowy roads.

Pennsylvania's 511PA website and app now feature a color-coded map that shows users when state roads were last plowed. Users can also track the route of PennDOT plow trucks, using the "plow trucks" icon.

"Not only are PennDOT's staff, equipment and materials ready to go, but we also have yet another tool for the public to make winter travel decisions," said Gov. Tom Wolf.

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards added that the agency is seeking approximately 480 temporary equipment operators to supplement its full-time staff across the state this winter. More information can be found on the state's employment website.

In the meantime, PennDOT said it has $220 million budgeted for its operations this winter, with about 4,800 on-the-road workers at the ready and more than 652,000 tons of salt on hand across the state.

"Carrying out our winter mission is a massive undertaking for our team, and it's critical that the public do their part to keep our roads as safe as possible," Richards said. "Drivers should keep safety top of mind in their travel decisions, and give our operators and other motorists plenty of room during inclement weather."

PennDOT is responsible for maintaining 96,000 snow-lane miles of roads and highways, which is roughly the same amount maintained by New York, New Jersey, and all of the New England states combined, officials said.

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