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Official Snow Emergency Would Limit Parking in Charlottesville

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The director of Charlottesville Public Works, Judy Mueller, is pushing for a local snow emergency to be declared.

That would put measures in place to limit parking on some major roads and allow crews to remove whatever snow comes our way faster.

Mueller is in close contact with City Hall about making that decision as soon as possible. A snow emergency would mean you can't park along several roads including East Market Street.

The snow emergency route system was put in place following the major snow storms three years ago. It limits parking along Water, High and East Market streets and University Avenue.

Public works crews spent Tuesday getting 25 plow trucks ready and pre-treating main roads with a salt-brine solution.

"If we're talking straight time, which is daytime, it's less than $2,000 for me to brine the entire city. Is it worth that? If we get something bad, yeah I think so," Mueller said.

Decisions will be coordinated from a command center, where crews can view traffic cameras at major intersections, check bridge temperatures and track plow trucks with GPS technology.

Crews start 12-hour shifts at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The trucks won't start plowing until there are two inches of snow on the ground, and primary roads will come first.

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