Digging out your Driveway

By Michelle Costanza

Digging out your Driveway

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM EDT

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) It's inevitable, and it's frustrating. When snow falls at the rate it's expected Friday, driveways throughout the Twin Tiers will be plowed in.

But a few adjustments and a little effort will improve chances of an easy driveway exit, transportation officials said Thursday.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation began preparing for Friday's storm on Thursday, attaching plows and filling the salt reservoirs on their trucks.

The DOT in Towanda is responsible for more than 800 miles of roadways throughout the state, and will be working around the clock during the next two days.

The 39 plow trucks will pre-treat many roads with sodium chloride, and they'll continue the snow removal process until all roadways have been cleared and made passable, said PennDOT's Bradford County Maintenance Manager Warren Knapp.

But the bigger the storm, the bigger the job for the DOT, which means local residents will have to have patience along with a good shovel and a sturdy back.

As people begin shoveling, the DOT asks for help to keep the clean-up process as efficient as possible.

"Any time we have an accumulation of snow, it is best if people put the snow that they move or shovel to the right side of their driveway, Knapp said. "That way, when our plows come through, they don't take the snow and push it back into the driveway.

Clearing an area 10 to 15 feet above the left-hand side of your driveway will provide a place for snow already on the blade of the plow.

New York State Department of Transportation Spokesman Dave Hamburg says they have been tracking the storm and preparing their equipment as well.

The NYSDOT 24-hour transportation operations center has been in communication with law enforcement and other emergency services ,while constantly keeping an eye on road conditions.

In addition, Hamburg says crews are ready to transition to 24-hour operations if necessary.

The most important things to remember when expecting large accumulations of snow are common sense, officials said: slowing down on the roads, planning routes ahead of time and keeping enough distance between vehicles, especially on the highway.

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