STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO ON DEMONSTRATIONS
PITTSBURGH, PA - (March 3, 2014)
“I want to thank city residents, police and protesters for their patience during peaceful downtown events today.
“During demonstrations today 43 police officers and two squad cars from each police zone have been posted throughout the Central Business District to aid with public safety and to direct traffic. More than 1,000 people exercised their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble, and by cooperating with police no arrests have been reported. My office has kept lines of communication open with protest organizers and business groups to address any concerns.”
STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WILLIAM PEDUTO ON ROAD CONDITIONS
“With temperatures expected to dip below freezing tonight, and the city’s road salt supply exhausted, city roads will continue to be a challenge. The city used its remaining salt over the weekend and with Monday’s regular daily delivery of 250 tons of salt the Department of Public Works will only be able to target those parts of primary roads with slopes and curves -- flat parts of primary roads will not be treated, nor will any parts of secondary or side streets.
My office is seeking at least 2,000 tons of salt from Gov. Tom Corbett to treat roads around the critical public safety and health care facilities that are located in the city but used by Pennsylvanians from across the region. An 8 a.m. request to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for extra salt to meet Pittsburgh’s life-saving and safety needs was preliminarily denied.”
UPDATE: After the preliminarily denial Gov. Tom Corbett tonight authorized the city on Tuesday to pick up 200 tons of road salt from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The city's salt reserves should climb to 1,000 tons by the end of the week.
Monday, March 3, 2014
City of Pittsburgh
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