Winter Weather Preparations Underway

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

January 20, 2007

With a weather advisory in affect for the entire area both city and county officials are gearing up for the possibility of bad road conditions.

“The crews spent today making sure the equipment was in working order, putting the plows and spreaders on, checking their operation, putting chains on the equipment and just making sure every thing's ready to go in case we do get the winter event on Sunday,” said Darin Simpson of VDOT.

With VDOT primarily taking care of the roads in Albemarle and the surrounding counties, the city of Charlottesville’s public work department is on hand as well.

Officials say to avoid driving during the actual storm if at all possible to allow crews easy access to all roadways.

They also warn residents to not park on city streets to avoid being towed.

A city ordinance requires all businesses and residences to clean their sidewalks within 12 hours of a snow event.

“There’s no real time frame on how long we would get the roads clear because obviously if the event lasts an hour, once the precipitation stops falling our crews will stay out until they have the roads under control,” said Simpson.

But, VDOT says even though they'll be out there tomorrow, drivers should still take caution.

“If you do have to be out, drive slow, give yourself some extra time, watch for our men that are out there trying to do the job to keep you safe and if you don't have to be out crews will have it under control and in a safe passable condition after the storm,” said Simpson.

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