Road Conditions Improving

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

January 22, 2007

The temperatures are continuing to rise which is turning this snow into puddles, causing wet, but not as icy roads.

Charlottesville woke up to a layer of ice covering plants, cars, and sidewalks, but the roads are a different story.

"It took me some time to get the ice off the front, it was pretty thick, but the defroster works pretty well, and there was never a problem. You just had to watch the corners and the edges where the ice was in the gutters, but it was perfectly ok" said Mare Hunter, one driver in Charlottesville this morning.

Forty person crews on 12-hour shifts salted and re-salted roadways. Ric Barrick, a Charlottesville spokesperson, said ""we had to redouble our efforts, but we expected that and by morning time things were going ok."

Neighborhood roads and other secondaries are the last to be treated, but overall the storm passed with few accidents and the roads are in pretty good condition.

"We had a number of minor accidents, nothing major, but we had a number of fender benders and police were busy yesterday working those as well as some this morning as folks came to work" said Barrick.

The city had 12-hundred tons of salt ready to be used.

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