City Officials Are Pleased With Snow Removal

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

Wet weather created some slippery situations Monday, February 28th. Tuesday, with some help from the sun, airport snow removal crews and workers for the Virginia Department of Transportation cleaned up the rest of the mess.

Patches of the white stuff are still around, but thanks to snow removal crews and favorable weather conditions, roads and runways are staying dry.

VDOT and airport officials say cleanup efforts ran smoothly and now things are getting back to normal.

"We've seen travel conditions return to normal operations as of today and have seen no delays due to weather conditions," says Terrie Dean, the Marketing Coordinator at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.

Other officials like VDOT Residency Administrator Jim Utterbank say they are pleased. "Temperatures worked with us, and so it's been a good event for us so far."

Officials attribute recent cleanup success to committed snow removal crews, that put in long hours to keep driving and flying conditions safe.

"We really have great kudos to give our snow removal teams because starting from four o'clock a.m., they worked literally 24 hours, around the clock during this last snow storm situation," says Dean.

"Our crews have been on 12 hour shifts since Sunday night and will continue through today and access the situation this afternoon," says Utterbank.

Temperatures are expected to drop Tuesday afternoon, and with lingering patches of snow, VDOT officials ask motorists to drive cautiously.

"The roads are clear at this point, but as the temperature drops we could be dealing with black ice tonight, the thawing and refreezing, so you've always got to pay attention to that and slow down and drive carefully," warns Utterbank.

Airport officials will also be looking out for black ice, but they don't expect it to be much of an issue because snow crews will be on call all night.

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