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PORT AUTHORITY PREPARED FOR NOR’EASTER WINTER STORM FORECAST FOR TOMORROW

Date: Jan 23, 2015
Press Release Number: 10-2015

Extra personnel will be on duty at all Port Authority facilities to handle what forecasters say could be snow, ice and hazardous driving conditions

A Nor’Easter winter storm bringing snow, ice and rain is expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region beginning early Saturday morning, and the Port Authority will deploy extra staff and has assembled snow equipment to handle what forecasters say could result in hazardous travel conditions at the agency’s airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

According to current forecasts, most areas of the New York-New Jersey region will see snow beginning around 3 a.m. Saturday changing to a wintery, icy mix and rain as the Nor’Easter tracks up the East Coast, with the worst conditions occurring tomorrow morning.

In advance of the snow, the Port Authority is prepared to deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during winter weather events. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority urges air and bus travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm whether their plane or bus will depart and scheduled departure times. The agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant.

Due to the inclement weather, the weekend closings scheduled for the Bayonne Bridge have been cancelled.

The Port Authority has the following winter weather equipment and supplies ready at its major transportation facilities:

More than 200 pieces of snow equipment at its airports, including melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph;

More than 60 pieces of snow equipment at its bridges and tunnels, including nearly two dozen plows and spreaders at the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest vehicular crossing;

Thousands of tons of salt and sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus thousands of tons of salt for the bridges and tunnels;

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus thousands of tons of solid de-icers, which break up snow and ice already on the ground;

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

For up-to-the-minute updates on Port Authority crossings, airports and the PATH system, travelers are encouraged to sign up for Port Authority alerts at http://www.paalerts.com/. Travelers may also call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information on highway conditions.

CONTACT:
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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