Press Release Article


Date: Mar 01, 2009
Press Release Number: 27-2009

The Port Authority is ready for a significant winter storm forecast to begin late tonight and expected to continue through Monday afternoon, and has prepared a large amount of snow-fighting equipment to ensure its airports, tunnels, bridges, and rail system continue to operate safely and efficiently.

The Port Authority has called for a full-alert at its airports starting tonight, and staff will 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.

Since heavy snow is scheduled to fall before the Monday morning rush hour, the Port Authority strongly encourages air passengers to contact their carriers before going to the airport to check in advance for delays and cancellations.

The Port Authority's winter weather equipment features:

  • More than 300 pieces of heavy-snow equipment at its airports, including modern multi-use units that can plow, brush and blow snow at 35 mph; melters that can liquify up to 500 tons of snow an hour; and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;

  • Approximately 60 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels, including 28 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge -- the world's busiest;

  • More than 2,000 tons of salt and more than 2,000 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,000 tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;

  • Approximately 200,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevents snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus approximately 1,700 tons of solid deicers, which break up ice and snow already on the ground;

  • Plow-equipped trains, liquid snow-melting agent trains and a "jet engine" plow to remove snow from tracks, and snow blowers, plows, and spreaders to clear station entrances, roads that serve PATH's 13 stations, and various support facilities; and

  • Approximately 1,000 staff members and contractors with years of specialized training and professional experience in handling severe winter weather at transportation facilities.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 212 435-7777

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