VDOT, City Crews Work to Clear Secondary Roads

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Most of the main roads in Albemarle County and Charlottesville are driveable Friday afternoon - but back roads are causing some people to stay close to home for a second day in a row.

Primary roads, like Route 29, are clear and in good condition – but secondary roads are still an issue for central Virginians.

Thursday night, snow was the main problem. Now the issue isn't just the snow now; it's the ice. The snow froze overnight and now a lot of secondary roads are slick.

"Main roads are good. I got to say that no trouble, no traffic, it's nice coming down Pantops and not waiting at 9 a.m. in traffic for 20 minutes, so just came sailing through," said Todd Abernathy, a driver.

For the Virginia Department of Transportation, the end still isn't in sight.

"The crews are plowing the snow off the roads and they'll treat with salt and sand as necessary because we do expect a little more precipitation overnight," said VDOT spokesperson Stacy Londrey.

VDOT said its goal is to make all state-maintained roads driveable within 48 hours after the end of the storm.

Charlottesville city crews are also still hard at work Friday after the snowstorm that started Wednesday night. Inside city yard, crews have been tracking plow trucks all day, each one equipped with a GPS so crews can see which roads have been plowed and which ones still need attention.

Crews started clearing neighborhood streets at about 7 a.m. Friday after Thursday evening's second dose of snow.

"This was incredibly challenging," said Public Works Director Judy Mueller. "When you get a foot, we're not geared up. We're not Buffalo."

Mueller says crews will remain on 12-hour shifts until they see what happens with the clipper system set to come through overnight.

Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release

RICHMOND – This week's snow storm brought more than two feet of snow to the western part of the state. Warmer temperatures and sunshine have helped Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews clear roads. Interstates and primaries are mostly clear with some icy areas. The main focus today is clearing secondary roads, many of which are covered with snow, ice and slush.

What drivers should know:

  • Crews will plow streets and sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction.
  • Continue to park in driveways for plow passes.
  • When clearing driveways, don't clear the last few feet as the plow will push some snow back. Crews will do their best to push just enough for a path.
  • Residents in northern Virginia can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhoods and watch trucks on plow routes.

Stay informed:

· Twitter: @VaDOT

· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT

· Real-time traffic info. and road conditions: call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org

· Report road problems: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623)

· More on Virginia's snow removal program at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp

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