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Stay Off Roads, Let Crews Work, Official Advised

Bensalem Township's Public Safety Director Fred Harran suggested that drivers stay off the roads on Friday.

Bensalem Township's Public Safety Director Fred Harran suggested that drivers stay off the roads on Friday.
Bensalem Township's Public Safety Director Fred Harran suggested that drivers stay off the roads on Friday.
Crews in Bensalem have been working around the clock to keep roads clear of the estimated nine inches that fell last night through early this morning.

Fred Harran, Bensalem's Public Safety director, told Patch that the public works department is keeping up with the roads, but drifting snow is problematic. 

"If people don’t have to go out today, they shouldn’t," Harran said, adding that less drivers will allow snow plows and salters the ability to "do their job."

Police were "very busy" Thursday night responding to multiple crashes after the snowfall began, Harran said. "Nothing major" came of the crashes, he said and Friday, so far, has been quiet. 

"I think today most people are using some common sense," he said. "Use your head if you’re dirivng and use your head before you call the police for something that can wait."

Harran suggested that residents wait until the weather gets better to call police for non-emergency matters.

In terms of state-owned roads, PennDOT this morning lifted the speed limit restrictions that were in place on several roadways in the region.   

PennDOT is continuing to treat roadways and will continue until roads are clear.

However, the turnpike commission cautioned motorists to keep alert for changing weather conditions and to remember to remove all snow and ice from vehicles before hitting the highway.

In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, the turnpike advises:

  • Motorists can use the yellow emergency call boxes on the shoulder of the turnpike or dial *11 or 1-800-332-3880 to receive help. 
  • Be prepared to give your milepost location and direction of travel, plus move any vehicles out of the travel lanes if possible.

What will the weather be like this weekend?

The National Weather Service said Saturday reach a high of 27 degrees in Bucks County.

Snow is likely again Sunday before 2 p.m., followed by rain after 3 p.m. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

How are the roads in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments section below.

james bailey January 04, 2014 at 10:16 AM
This is now Saturday and only a select few roads in Bensalem has blacktop visible. I wonder who lives on those roads?
beani4us January 04, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Where I live out front is horrible, didn't they plow ??? I live in Andalusia off of Penn street near Woodhaven
james bailey January 05, 2014 at 08:04 AM
I see that 2 other previous posts had been deleted I guess people speaking what's on their mind is and their opinion is not accepted if you are not saying what the higher ups want to hear
james bailey January 05, 2014 at 08:09 AM
This is the first time in 17years I got stuck on my street. Barnswallow Drive is snow covered and very slippery and dangerous ! Pls send a snow plow and salt truck ! Don't know why many side streets are plowed Down to the asphalt, and a Main Street was taken care of !!! This is one of the deleted posts!

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