Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, streets, and parking lots on 1700 acres of property is a massive undertaking. That's what crews at the University of Virginia are up against to get a hospital and classes open.
UVA’s first priority is keeping the Medical Center and its clinics up and running. Then, crews clear enough paths to get emergency access to every building on grounds.
Fifteen plow trucks hit the streets at UVA at 8 p.m. Sunday. Monday, they're out clearing parking lots, including at John Paul Jones Arena. UVA's Landscape Superintendent Rich Hopkins says parking lots cover nearly half of the school’s acreage.
Smaller trucks with plows and salt spreader attachments are clearing sidewalks so students, staff, and visitors can safely walk around.
“Our goal is to be ready by normal business, so we focus everything for that 8 a.m. class. If it keeps snowing, it keeps snowing and we keep reporting where we are with our clearing efforts and where we think we'll be in an hour or two hours to the administration and they make a decision based on that,” said Hopkins.
University administrators canceled classes Monday. The UVA Offices of Emergency Preparedness leads that decision on a case-by-case basis.
UVA’s snow removal teams started planning for this storm Friday, during spring break vacation.
UVA employees are working shifts around the clock to hopefully open for classes Tuesday morning.
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