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PORT AUTHORITY READY FOR FIRST MAJOR SNOW OF THE SEASON

Date: Dec 04, 2003
Press Release Number: 158-2003

Significant Snowfall Possible This Weekend


With the first major snowfall of the 2003-04 season forecast for parts of the region tomorrow and Saturday, the Port Authority is ready with more than 200 pieces of heavy snow equipment and thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “Last winter, the Port Authority clearly showed that it has the dedicated staff and resources to keep the region’s airports, tunnels, bridges, seaports and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) system operating – even during extremely harsh winter conditions such as the President’s Day blizzard last February. We are ready to handle any winter storm that may come at any time. Our mission is to do everything possible to minimize the inconvenience to the traveling public and help get them to their destinations safely.”

When snow is in the forecast, the Port Authority has extra staff on duty at all of its facilities. During the most severe storms, Port Authority employees work around the clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

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 of snow an hour, and plows that can clear snow at 40 mph.

  • 72 pieces of snow equipment at the bridges and tunnels, including 23 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:

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT

500 tons of sand
500 tons of salt
18,000 gallons of liquid anti-icers
150 tons of solid deicers
29 pieces of snow removal equipment (four high-speed multi-use units that can plow, sweep and blow snow, six high-speed plows with spreaders, six snow blowers, six snow sweepers, five salt and sand spreaders, two liquid chemical spreaders)
25 miles of runways, taxiways, public roads and service roads

JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

900 tons of sand
900 tons of salt
80,000 gallons of liquid anti-icers
320 tons of solid deicers
85 pieces of snow removal equipment (six 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, five 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 (six high-speed, multi-use units that can plow, broom and blow snow, eight runway plows and sanders, nine snow blowers, seven snow sweepers, six salt and sand spreaders, three liquid chemical spreaders, eight large road plows)
35 miles of runways, taxiways, public roads and service roads

TUNNELS AND BRIDGES

2,100 tons of salt
165 tons of sand
1,100 gallons of liquid deicing/anti-icing fluid
72 pieces of snow removal equipment (23 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

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.




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