Road Crews Fight the Weather

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

January 21, 2007

Road crews from Charlottesville City and VDOT spent the day fighting this pesky winter storm. With hundreds of miles of roadways just in our small area, getting ahead of a storm can be tough for road crews making driving a bit of a mess.

"It's been rough. There have been 10 accidents just since I got off of 295 until Charlottesville here," said Kevin Moran.

Moran is making his way from Annapolis, Maryland back to Radford. He and many other drivers along Interstate 64 and I-81 have found driving to be both slow and slick.

"There have been like 50 cars off the road, turned all upside down. I mean it was a mess," said David Bozart.

What began as snow, has since changed to freezing rain. VDOT crews have been hitting the roads since 11 a.m., throwing salt and sand trying to make the go a little bit clearer. But as nightfall draws near, the fear of freezing roads is imminent.

"I imagine come later in the evening, it will get pretty slick out. The roads are wet and it is definitely getting colder," said Charles Dana Hall.

And while crews do their best to keep the roads clean, drivers say it is up to those behind the wheel to make certain safety comes first.

"Just kind of taking it easy. Right now they have done a good job as far as clearing all the roads and everything," said Bozart.

"I'm just taking it slow, riding with the flashers on, and just taking it easy. I think it is the best thing to do," said Moran.

At last report, VDOT says both Interstate 64 and Route 29 are in pretty good condition. Both Charlottesville and VDOT say they will keep people on throughout the night to make sure all of the area's roads are treated.

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