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PennDOT preparations underway for 2015 cold month

ERIE, Pa. In spite of an early blast of wintry weather condition Saturday October 17, PennDOT says their crews in Erie County were ready. “We had 19 trucks prepared to go and were staffed for the weekend and rather honestly I think we made use of 14 of the trucks for the storm this weekend,” said PennDOT Assistant County Supervisor, Tom Mello. “We have 38 plow routes that we maintain in Erie County. Our operators take hours on top of hours to get rakes and spreaders prepared.” Crews were hard at work Monday at their Top Area center on Route 19, raising rakes off their summer-resting places and connecting them to the front of a designated truck. Systems are calibrated, bolts tightened and everything double-checked prior to the winter actually strikes. And it may seem odd however warmer days are preferred when it pertains to winter season prep work. “They work outdoors to put rakes and wings on and so it’s constantly a bit better when it’s not drizzling or snowing on them due to the fact that they are out here all day doing this,” said Mell, who adds that the planning process for winter season prep work begins in mid-summer, choosing exactly what rakes go where, what upgrades are needed or on what dates will trucks be fitted. Mello states that the state requires them to have 50 % of their 38-truck fleet fitted and ready to pass October 15, and specifies that 100 % of the fleet must prepare by November 1. In addition to the trucks, Mello states PennDOT has approximately 13,000 lots of salt currently in stock in Erie County for this winter’s return, adding that salt rates have risen more than $10a ton in the in 2014 and now sit at $65/ton of salt. Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed … See all stories on this topic DTNA forecasts strong truck sales next year PHILADELPHIA. Look for 2016 truck sales to fall somewhere in between the incredibly strong numbers of 2015 and those seen in 2014, according to Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. With production plans essentially in place through the

end of the year, Class 6 through 8 sales in North America need to top

435,000 trucks, he stated during an interview at the American Trucking Assns. Annual conference. That would be 13.4 % above 2014 sales, which totaled 384,000. With fleets now in the middle of their purchasing cycle, Daum said, & ldquo; I & rsquo; m fairly confident that [Class 6-8 sales] will be lower than 2015, however better than 2014. & rdquo; While the new year & rsquo; s truck overalls may suffer in contrast with the strong 2015 numbers, & ldquo; 2014 was an excellent year, & rdquo; he stated. & ldquo; Everybody had delighted faces then, “so why not once more. & rdquo; October and November order intake for delivery in 2016 will be significant lower than in 2014, which Daum identified as & ldquo; not regular, & rdquo; and driven by fleets hurrying to reserve production slots in “expectancy of a strong truck sales year. & ldquo; Don & rsquo; t be fooled [by the lower order consumption] Compare it to Q4 2013, not to Q4 2014, which would be deceptive. & rdquo; Popular NowFMCSA’s Beloved: ELD rule comingShuster: Confident long-term highway expense can get doneDTNA ‘positive’Phase 2 GHG objectives obtainable, but … Focusing “on’the U.S., Daum expects Class 8 sales to reach 262,000 trucks by the end of the year, compared to 220,000 in 2014 for an 18.8 % gain year over year. Classes 6 and 7 will complete out 2015 at 114,000 devices, which is well above the 106,00 taped in 2014, but still below exactly what DTNA thinks about a normal annual volume of 135,000. & ldquo; We & rsquo; re seeing a slow and steady recovery [in Classes 6 and 7], and anticipate that pattern to continue in 2016, & rdquo; Daum stated. In other news, Daum stated DTNA was & ldquo; tiptoeing at full speed & rdquo; into extending remote … See all stories on this subject

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