PennDOT has 100K tons of salt ready for this winter


PennDOT is busy preparing for the possibility of slick conditions for the Monday morning commute.

Workers will be out in most of the Harrisburg-area by 9 p.m. Sunday night.

“It’s the beginning of the season. We’re well supplied,” says Greg Penny, PennDOT spokesperson.

The department has more than 100,000 tons of salt heading into the 2016-2017 winter season.

“Just to be on the safe side, we are bringing in our crews overnight so that they’re able to patrol the roads and deal with early icy conditions and make sure the roads are good for the morning rush-hour,” says Penny.

PennDOT’s concern is freezing rain Sunday into Monday. It’s something many others were thinking about for their homes while shopping at Hornung’s Ace Hardware in Lower Paxton Township.

“With the weather being the way it is, it has that cold shiver to it, a lot of people are anxious and getting ready for the winter weather now finally,” says owner Bill Hornung.

Hornung says he was seeing a good amount of people at his store Sunday, stocking up on the right shovel for snow and of course, salt.

“A lot of people come in and for macadam, they think they have to buy the special stuff. They can just use the cheap stuff. The halite and rock salt from macadam,” says Hornung. “But if you got new concrete, no salt is good for concrete. So if it’s less than a year old, especially less than two years they tell you, use sand.”

“The mistake this time of the year is to drive as though it’s normal. I think they [drivers] have to be alert to icy conditions,” says Penny.

You can always check road conditions at and new this year, every PennDOT truck is fitted with GPS so you can see where they have been.

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