January 21, 2007
With freezing rain taking the place of the snow that already fell earlier on Sunday, VDOT officials had to work into the night.
“That's something that gives us a lot of concern as far as the ability of people to move around on that,” said Lou Hatter, a spokesperson with VDOT.
Primary roads like I-64, and routes 29 and 33 are at the top of VDOT’s list of first responses.
“They'll plow as the snow accumulates and on the hills, curves, areas where you tend to see slick spots we'll also be applying that mixture of sand and salt and if the temperature gets low enough so that the salt no longer works, we can also apply calcium chloride which allows the salt to work at a lower temperature,” said Hatter.
Many people who live in rural areas, may not have their roads plowed as of early Sunday evening, but VDOT warns them not to worry.
“It really kind of depends on where you live, obviously the farther out they are into the rural areas the longer it will take us to get to them because we tackle the highest volume roads first and then work our way out,” said Hatter.
Hatter also warns drivers,” Stay home if you don't absolutely have to go anywhere and if you do have to go out give yourself plenty of time. We'll have crews out working all night of course and into tomorrow. How ever long it takes until we get everything cleared up.”