By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Winter is still a couple months off, but PennDOT preparations are already underway.

In the five-county Philadelphia region, PennDOT has more than $27.5 million budgeted and 120,000 tons of salt ready for any winter weather.

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PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards says every PennDOT truck and snow plow has Automated Vehicle Locator technology, or AVL.

“The AVL in each truck sends a cellular signal through the system showing where the truck is located,” Richards explained.

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Richards says those plow locations will be available in real-time on their website, Useful, she says, to check state roads to see when a plow went through or will go through.

As the average PennDOT plow route takes about two hours to complete, Richards reminds drivers the goal is keep roads passable.

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“You will not see bare roads, but we want to make sure they are passable for everybody who needs to be out,” she said.