Mayor Ed Gainey Announces City of Pittsburgh's Preparation Plan for Winter Weather

Mayor Ed Gainey Announces City of Pittsburgh’s Preparation Plan for Winter Weather 

PITTSBURGH — Mayor Ed Gainey and Acting Public Works Director Chris Hornstein today announced a series of actions that the City of Pittsburgh is taking to prepare and respond to expected inclement weather. Current weather forecasts are predicting 8-10 inches of snow beginning Sunday afternoon.  

During the press conference, Acting Public Works Director Chris Hornstein announced an action plan that includes: 

  • City crews will begin salting and plowing emergency routes and primary routes beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday 

  • Mobilization of all resources which include a total of 80 snowplows, and more than 20,000 tons of salt 

  • A taskforce of 80 employees who will be tasked with hand-clearing steps, sidewalks, and bridges and an estimated 10 people who will be on standby to respond to emergency facilities requests including power outages, HVAC issues, plumbing issues and more 

City residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid all unnecessary travel during periods of precipitation and while crews are working to clear and treat surface streets. 

“Ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is our highest priority during winter weather events,” said Mayor Gainey. “We learned a lot in our first response to snow removal and I’m proud to announce that we will continue to get better. My Administration will continue to make additional investments and improvements in our equipment and operations to effectively and efficiently prepare and respond to winter weather. Together, we will build a better Pittsburgh for all, and it starts with investing in Public Works.” 

Additionally, the city outlined a number of improvements to be implemented during this weekend’s response which include: 

  • Increasing salt from 400 lbs. per mile to 1,000 lbs. per mile 

  • Distribution of higher quality salt which is effective at lower temperatures and remains on roads to ensure snow melts longer 

  • Mandated overtime to ensure an adequate workforce for the duration of the event 


Over the course of the next few months, the city will implement cross-training of environmental services drivers to deploy additional drivers within the city if needed. The Department of Public Works is also working to replenish the city’s fleet of trucks which will ultimately result in less downtime and maintenance. Currently, the city has new 17 trucks on order.  


The city encourages residents and motorists to follow these guidelines to ensure their safety and prepare for inclement winter weather conditions. 

  • Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment in your car and home such as cell phone chargers. 

  • When driving in icy road conditions, the shortest route is not always the safest. Consider less hilly routes to reach your destination when possible.   

  • Drive slowly. The faster you are driving, the longer it takes to stop the vehicle. 





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