Press Release Article


Date: Jan 21, 2005
Press Release Number: 2-2005

Forecast Calls for Significant Snow Saturday Night into Sunday

With forecasters calling for the possibility of a major snowstorm this weekend, the Port Authority is ready with more than 280 pieces of heavy snow equipment and thousands of tons of salt, sand and deicing chemicals at its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

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 have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority’s winter weather arsenal features:
  • 171 pieces of heavy snow equipment at the airports – including new, modern multiuse 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.

  • 111 pieces of snow equipment at bridges, tunnels and PATH.

  • 1,900 tons of salt and 2,200 tons of sand for airport roads and parking lots, plus more than 2,200 tons of salt for the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.

  • More than 207,000 gallons of liquid anti-icer chemicals at the airports, which prevent snow and ice from bonding to runways and taxiways, plus 820 tons of solid deicers, which break up ice and snow already on the ground.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; 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 Port Authority-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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