PennDOT crews inspecting roads and bridges

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 31, 2012 6:24 AM

(Harrisburg) -- PennDOT crews are inspecting roads and bridges that may have been damaged by the high winds and flood waters from superstorm Sandy.

The department's workers hit the roads as soon as the weather conditions allowed yesterday.

Spokeswoman Erin Waters says several factors could delay inspections.

"We do have a combination of roadway closures from downed utilities, trees, and also flooding," Waters says. "One thing to keep in mind is that with these trees and power lines down, we need to work with our utility company partners, and obviously, they have their hands full during the aftermath of this storm."

Waters says crews will also have to wait for flood waters to recede, which could take several days.

She says drivers were generally cooperative during the storm in remaining off roadways.

A new state law sets fines for those who do not obey road closure signs and barricades.

The fine goes up if the driver has to be rescued.

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