Clear Roads After the Storm

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

December 9, 2005

Snow crews worked overtime for the city and county Thursday night making sure roads were clear and ready for drivers Friday morning.

For Craig McKenzie, sleet and snow wasn't going to keep him off the roads Friday.

"Actually the roads were better than I expected coming out here from Richmond," said McKenzie

McKenzie delivers gasoline, a product that almost all drivers need and that's why he has to manage through the storm.

"I came in a couple hours late [Friday], expecting the roads to be bad, but I got a late start hoping things would improve," McKenzie explained, and improve they did.

By early morning, most major roadways were clear with the help of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Charlottesville City Works, who worked through out the night to lay salt on roadways.

"[One] crew started pushing the primaries, that crew left at 7 a.m. and the crew that we have on now are working on the secondary [roads]," said Steve Lawson of City Works.

Those secondary roads are a big concern, at least for those that live on them. "The road we live on right now seems to be the last road that gets plowed," said driver Peik Vanwaveren.

Most major roads are clear, but with wet roads there is still the risk of accidents. Until all roads are clear, take the advice of McKenzie, who faces them everyday, rain, sleet or snow.

"Slow down and take it easy and you'll get there, that's what I'm going to do the rest of the day," he said.

City Works says all roads should be clear by early afternoon.

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