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Governor Thanks PennDOT Workers In Person

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP -- Governor Wolf made a special stop at a PennDOT facility in Pittston Township Friday, to thank crews for all their hard work during this week’s winter storm.

"I declared the highest level of emergency you can declare in Pennsylvania and as a result, these folks worked long areas, they worked overtime to clean our streets and roads, I had a team come up from Pittsburgh to Stroudsburg, from Erie to Scranton from southwest to the Lehigh Valley," he said.

At this PennDOT facility in Pittston Township, Wolf shook hands and spoke with PennDOT crews.

“It feels good, a little appreciation goes a long way," said Walter Knecht, a PennDOT maintenance worker.

Doug Yacuboski helped coordinate a special convoy of PennDOT and emergency vehicles that delivered a little boy from Monroe County to Geisinger near Danville for life-saving medical care.

"It's nice to be a part of something that works out, not every story was a success story, but that one turned out good," he said.

PennDOT officials said they do not have much time to rest, with more snow in the forecast for this weekend.

They said they did have enough time to make repairs to damaged vehicles.

"They're trying to take advantage of this short window of time between this major, major snowstorm and what's coming up this weekend, to get some of that done," said James May, a spokesman for PennDOT.

PennDOT crews finally have a little time to reflect on the job they've done this week and they are proud of themselves.

"I think we did very well, the way I put it to one of my people, they said 'We survived,’ I said, ‘I think we did much better than survive.' They just didn't stop. Couldn't be prouder of them,” said Sam Galante, PennDOT maintenance manager.

6 comments

  • magicmikexxsm

    Hey Gov Wolf…I don’t say this about liberals very much, well because they are usually messing things up. but for you Gov. Wolf, Good job with this storm, job well done…you could have dropped the ball big time, but you didn’t…

  • Stinky

    They are being thanked for being incompetent. The most incompetent DMV workers get promoted to pen dot. Drug dealers work harder than Pen Dot employees

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Yes, yes. Thank you, thank you. Thank you all for showing up and doing the job you were hired to do.

    Thank you.

  • Franko

    Gee… Thanks PennDot for doing such a crappy job….
    Knew the storm was coming and didn’t o pretreating in Wayne County…
    Hey Governor, why don’t you jump into your Jeep and take a drive to Wayne County…
    Drive up Route 348 right to the border of Lackawnna and Wayne County, stop, and take some pictures…
    Then go back to the PennDot Bosses and question how the Lackawanna side is plowed to the ground and then a few feet over onto the Wayne County side, the same PennDot organzation hardly plows and there is snow on the road — it’s like night and day an it’s been like that for years…
    As soon as they get to the border, the plows get raised up and the rads harly get done.
    We pay the same state taxes to fund the same PennDot, but get treated differently…Tigue street in Dunmore, which is always done, but you cross the bridge over to the other side of I-84 and it’s not as good, then you take the I-84 / I-380 split and stay on I-84 and it’s a diffent world again…

  • Tigger

    Anybody gonna vote for him next time around? I mean, maybe if he stopped at every PennDOT shed and started handing out $100 bills… PR stunts are going to dominate this channel the next couple of months. Who is the opponent?

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