VDOT Works to Keep Roads Safe

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

February 25, 2007

“They're wet and clear from curb to curb,” said Lou Hatter, VDOT spokesman.

It sounds like good news from VDOT, but later it could be an icy mess.

“If the temperature gets bellow freezing and if the precipitation turns back to freezing rain, they're likely to find some slick spots,” Hatter said.

VDOT crews are working to make the roads safer. Salting and sanding the most dangerous areas, such as bridges, overpasses, exit ramps, crossovers and turning lanes.

“We know with the lower volume of traffic as the temperature dips below freezing,” said Hatter, “we're likely to get refreezing and we'll have some cold spots there.”

Hatter added this batch of wintry weather brought a little something different for everyone and the roads vary through out Central Virginia.

“In the Culpeper district it's anywhere from an inch to seven and a half inches in the north,” Hatter said.

VDOT has finished clearing all of the main roads and are working on the secondary roads. Their next shift begins at 8pm and they will be working through the night.

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