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Interagency Emergency Operations Support

About the Webinar

The intent of this presentation was to provide detailed information and lessons learned from the deployment of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s maintenance and operations resources to assist the New York State Thruway during a state of emergency in Buffalo, New York on November 2014.

A major lake-effect snowstorm off Lake Erie crippled western New York by dropping a record setting 88” of snow in a matter of a couple of days. This snowstorm resulted in the closure of a 132-mile section of the most vital transportation link through western New York. With snowfall rates of up to 6” per hour when the storm began, it did not take long before roadways became impassable due to stranded vehicles along the New York State Thruway. Upon hearing of the significant impacts of this storm, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission reached out to the New York State Thruway to offer assistance with snow removal.

The case study will provide a step-by-step explanation of the events surrounding the planning, deployment, logistics, communications, execution and return of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and Department of Transportation forces, which IBTTA hopes you will find educational and valuable for future planning.

Target Audience

Roadway operations, maintenance, and manager personnel interested in collaboration amongst agencies, dealing with emergencies, and learning lessons from industry experience.


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