Date: Nov 26, 2002
Press Release Number: 125-2002
With the first snowfall of the 2002-2003 season forecast for early tomorrow morning – traditionally the busiest travel day of the year – the Port Authority is ready with more than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment, thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals, and a high-tech weather forecasting system that helps ease delays.
Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher said, “The Port Authority is ready to handle any winter weather that may come tomorrow, as well as any future storms. We have added new, modern snow fighting equipment to the airports this year, and we have a high-tech weather forecasting system that will help reduce airport delays on the busiest travel day of the year. Our mission is to do everything possible to minimize inconvenience for the traveling public and to get them to their destinations safely.”
The Port Authority will have extra staff on duty beginning tonight and continuing throughout the day tomorrow. During the most severe storms, Port Authority employees work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have “snow desks” where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment. In case of a major snowstorm, every facility employee is available.
The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal features:
• More than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the airports – including new, modern multi-use units that can plow, brush and blow snow at 35 mph, melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons an hour, and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph.
• 63 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels, including 14 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest bridge.
• 1,800 tons of salt and 2,000 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,000 tons of salt for the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.
• More than 170,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus 230 tons of solid deicers, which break up ice and snow already on the ground.
Attached is a list of snow equipment and supplies at Port Authority facilities.
500 tons of sand
500 tons of salt
18,000 gallons of liquid deicers
150 tons of solid deicers
25 pieces of snow removal equipment (6 high-speed plows with spreaders, 6 snow blowers, 6 snow sweepers, 5 salt and sand spreaders, 2 liquid chemical spreaders)
25 miles of runways, taxiways, public roads and service roads
JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
1,000 tons of sand
800 tons of salt
105,000 gallons of liquid anti-icers
60 tons of solid deicers
85 pieces of snow removal equipment (6 high-speed multi-use units that can plow, sweep and blow snow, 29 heavy dump trucks, 17 snow blowers, 14 snow sweepers, 14 salt and sand spreaders, 5 liquid chemical spreaders)
78 miles of runways, taxiways, public roads and service roads
NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
500 tons of sand
500 tons of salt
80,000 gallons of liquid anti-icers
20 tons of solid deicers
47 pieces of snow removal equipment (6 high-speed, multi-use units that can plow, broom and blow snow, 8 runway plows and sanders, 9 snow blowers, 7 snow sweepers, 6 salt and sand spreaders, 3 liquid chemical spreaders, 8 large road plows.)
35 miles of runways, taxiways, public roads and service roads
TUNNELS AND BRIDGES
2,080 tons of salt
165 tons of sand
1,100 gallons of liquid deicing/anti-icing fluid
63 pieces of snow removal equipment (14 trucks with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, 16 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Lincoln Tunnel, 15 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Holland Tunnel, 18 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Staten Island Bridges).
142 total lane miles of bridges, tunnels, roadways and sidewalks