Mix of Road Conditions

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

January 22, 2007

Drivers heading out Monday morning are finding a mix of road conditions. Main roads are mostly just wet with some patches of snow. Side roads are still snowy and icy.

The road conditions weren't enough to stop drivers Monday morning.

“At least the parking lot is some what clean; not the car though,” said Carlos Acevedo, determined to get to work.

Those determined to head out first battled the ice on their windshield and then the ice on the roads.

“I drove in from Fry Springs and [there was] a little bit of ice and slush when you hit the county, but the city was good,” said Eric Allen of Fry Springs.

“The secondary roads and subdivisions are a little icy, but main roads are fine,” said Mike Dukehess, who was delivering newspapers.

Even with all the sanding and salting VDOT warns drivers to expect icy spots on both primary and secondary roads.

“As they drive they will see a lot of wet pavement. They may be thinking it’s alright to get my speed back up again, but you need to be aware there will be those isolated patches where it is going to be slick,” said VDOT Spokesperson Lou Hatter.

Watch your driving and watch the drivers around you.

"To me, it’s [scarier] to deal with the people on the road than the ice on the road because that you can control; the people you can't," said Acevedo.

VDOT will continue to work through the night to control the road conditions, monitoring road temperatures and warning of the possibility of a refreeze.

On Sunday, Albemarle County Police reported 17 accidents at the height of the storm. There were a few fender benders during the evening, but overnight, there were no reported accidents.

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