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VDOT Working on Clearing Neighborhood Roads

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VIRGINIA (WRIC) - VDOT says the main interstates and highways have been cleared of snow, but many people are still seeing snow in neighborhoods on smaller roads and those roads may not be cleared for a couple of days.

VDOT crews have been working 12-hour shifts clearing the roads after Monday's storm and will be working until this evening to treat those roads and at least make sure they're safer to drive on.

"We move to primary roads such as 288 or Broad Street for instance and then after that, we start focusing on secondary roads," says spokesperson Lindsay LeGrand. She says those are roads numbered 600 or higher.

LeGrand says crews will be out treating those until the evening, but don't expect to see them completely cleared for a couple of days.

"Simply because there is so much moisture on the road and there is a potential for re-freezing especially with these frigid temperatures. But we will get to your roads today at least to put some salt and sand down."

The salt helps melt the ice, and the sand provides some traction for drivers.

The Richmond district has about 60,000 tons of salt and 20,000 tons of sand available for this season. That's just part of the overall snow removal budget.

"Statewide, Virginia has about $157 million for snow removal this season, and throughout the Richmond district, which encompasses Hanover and Goochland Counties down to the state line, we have about 10.5 million budgeted," LeGrand says.

VDOT had about 2,000 trucks out today on the road and they plan on staying out for the next few days.

Slick, Slippery, and Icy all words that described this mornings commute for the Tri-Cities.

"Colonial Heights were the worst to tell you the truth," says Shawn Layman. "They were not very good at all this morning. They were terrible actually."

"I actually did hit a nice icy spot and I did a little fish tail" says Sheri Hamilton. "It was a little fun, but you just have to be real careful with that."

Even though areas like Prince George, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg saw lesser snow compared to areas north, the inch of snow that they did receive stuck to the roads very quickly, and it has turned to almost complete ice."

Rives Road in Prince George County is a very busy secondary road, as many people use it to go from Interstate 95 to Route 460.

The posted speed limit on this road is 45 miles per hour, but many drivers were well below that.

And with temperatures forecasted to stay well below freezing throughout the night, the dangers on the roads may not be over just yet.

"It is scary, it is very scary, and especially like later tonight when it's going to be colder and the ice is melted so you just need to be real cautious and take your time," Hamilton says.

 

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