With winter under way, the Port Authority is prepared for whatever weather it might bring, with an arsenal of more than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment and thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals.
Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto Butcher said, “The Port Authority is fully prepared for winter storms. We will do what is necessary to keep our airports open and operating safely and to keep traffic moving through our tunnels, along our bridges and on the PATH system. Safety remains our top priority, and we will do everything possible to minimize inconvenience to the traveling public.\"
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.
Employees at the three airports are available to rescue motorists whose cars won\'t start or are snowed in. At LaGuardia Airport, call 718 533-3700 or 718 533-3850; at Newark International Airport, 973 961-4755; and at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 718 244-4080.
The Port Authority’s winter-weather arsenal features:
- More than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the airports – including blowers that can move 3,000 tons of snow an hour, melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons an hour, and plows that can clear snow at 40 miles per hour.
- 64 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels including 16 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 another 1,500 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 anti-icers
150 tons 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
79 pieces of snow removal equipment (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 INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
500 tons of sand
500 tons of salt
70,000 gallons of liquid anti-icers
20 tons of solid deicers
41 pieces of snow removal equipment (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, BRIDGES AND TERMINALS
1,530 tons of salt
52 tons of sand
1,405 gallons of liquid anti-icers and deicers
64 pieces of snow-removal equipment (16 trucks with plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, 20 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Staten Island bridges, 13 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Lincoln Tunnel, 15 trucks with plows and spreaders at the Holland Tunnel)
142 total lane miles of bridges, tunnels, roadways and sidewalks