City Crews Work to Keep Roads Safe

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

December 5, 2005

Crews from Charlottesville Public Works were out and about - working to keep the roads safe in the snow.

It's the area's first snowfall of the season and as the snow comes down, Public Works is preparing.

"The plan right now is to keep an eye on the temperature," said Charlottesville Public Works director, Judith Mueller. "We started to see the temperature drop and once it starts to drop and the roads get colder, that's when we could see some of the roads sticking."

For the most part, trucks stayed pretty still the majority of the midday, leaving some wondering what was going on with Mother Nature.

"You know, it's sit around and wait for something to happen. We've gone from everywhere to 4 inches to 10 inches, to you know, what's happening," said Mueller.

Early this morning, crews took off to de-ice bridges. Later in the afternoon when snowfall picked up, they headed to salt the main roads - such as West Main and the 250 Bypass- before rush hour kicked in, just in case.

"This is as much an art as a science, snow fighting, and things can change in 30 or 60 minutes," said Mueller.

But as temperatures do change and take a dive, driving conditions are expected to get worse, especially with the high possibility of black ice on the roads. Officials say while they're out doing their part to make streets safer, drivers also need to do theirs.

"People need to be very conservative in their driving and leave a good distance between themselves and the car in front of them," added Mueller.

City crews will be working throughout the night to clear roads as needed.

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