Road Crews Prepare Streets for Winter Storm

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio
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February 10, 2006

"All our supplies are stocked fully and we are ready to go," said Billy Mayo, a VDOT Operational Manager.

Mayo is one of the many Virginia Department of Transportation crew members that will be monitoring the roads all night. He said he's not taking any chances when it comes to this snow storm.

"Sometimes it's a 10 percent to 20 percent chance and we'll get six to eight inches [of snow]," said Mayo.

Two shifts of eight VDOT employees are preparing to drop tons of salt and sand onto Albemarle County roads the instant the storm hits.

"Hopefully as soon as it happens we can get some of it on the bottom of the snow and it will help a whole lot getting it down fast," said Mayo.

The City of Charlottesville is bringing in a crew of 40 early Saturday morning to keep tabs on the slick roads and snowy conditions.

"It's bad for the budget because its overtime but it's good to work a [Saturday] because there is a little less traffic on the streets," said Steve Lawson, the Charlottesville Public Service Manager.

Less traffic makes it much easier for road crews to do what they do best.

"We have 24 trucks that we use on the street to apply salt and push snow," said Lawson.

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