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Penn Hills DPW ready for winter

Dillon Carr
| Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 8:21 a.m.
Colder than normal temperatures have kept Penn Hills plows busy on the roads since the first significant snowfall of the year late last month.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Colder than normal temperatures have kept Penn Hills plows busy on the roads since the first significant snowfall of the year late last month.

Penn Hills Department of Public Works had a smaller shipment of road salt delivered this month because officials were able to stockpile leftovers from the last two mild winters.

“If it's a milder winter, than that's a blessing. What we don't use is stored,” Public Works Director Jerry Nosal said.

The proposed 2018 budget includes $336,000 for road salt, around $100,000 below what was allocated last year.

Before December's shipment, DPW had around 4,000 tons stored in the municipality's salt dome. The purchase of 3,000 tons at about $70 per ton leaves them about 1,000 tons short of the amount used during a normal winter, Nosal said. The director added he is confident his department is ready for whatever winter brings.

Long-term forecasts by AccuWeather and the National Weather Service call for higher-than-average amounts of rain, snow or sleet this winter.

“With the budget we have proposed, that will be sufficient to take us through,” he said.

A fleet of 14 plow trucks covers 200 miles roads throughout Penn Hills, according to Nosal.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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