Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Region Sees Delays and Cancellations

A mix of ice, snow and rain over night has prompted hundreds of delays and cancellations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. Many schools that called a two-hour delay over night reevaluated in the morning and canceled classes all together. Pittsburgh Public Works Director Guy Costa says when the snow and ice turned to rain it began to was some of the salt off the streets forcing crews to retreat many main roads. By 7:00am salt trucks were starting to hit the side streets. Costa says conditions will improve after sunrise and once more traffic hits the streets. There have been reports of ponding in some areas where snow has clogged sewer grates. The ice forced the Port Authority to close its Allentown “T” line but the other lines are running as usual. There are delays on the bus routes. Pittsburgh had decided to delay trash pick up today. Anyone with a Wednesday pick will be serviced Thursday. Costa says crews will do a “double pickup” Thursday, hitting both the Wednesday and Thursday routes. Friday routes will be picked up as normal. Federal Courts in Pittsburgh are closed.

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