V-DOT Prepares For Winter Storm

By: Autria Godfrey Email
By: Autria Godfrey Email

January 31, 2007

The storm is still a day away but V-DOT crews are busy setting plows, chaining tires, and loading sand so that when regular roads turn in to snow filled ones, they're ready.

As snow and ice hit, primary roads like Route 29 and the 250 bypass will be the first to get attention. Later the more rural roads will get attention, making them once again the more dangerous means of getting around.

"One of the challenges we have with the secondary roads and the more rural roads is that we don't have the high volumes of traffic we have on the primaries. Something that helps us a lot is that as those vehicles drive along the roads the friction of the tires on the road actually creates heat and helps turn the snow into an icy slush" said Lou Hatter, V-DOT spokesman.

Lou and his crew say that slush is much easier to handle than hard ice and snow. It's hard enough to drive on in a personal car, but imagine taking a school bus out on it? Not if you work for Albemarle County Schools.

"We are one school system, Albemarle County Schools, so if it is not safe for our students to go out in the rural areas then we have to cancel school for everybody" said Diane Behrens, Albemarle County Schools.

Keeping safety the priority, Dr. Behrens says they too have officials monitoring the conditions.

"They would go out on the road at three o clock in the morning. They drive different parts of the county. They make a decision. They come back in around five and advise us to whether we should cancel school" said Behrens.

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For a list of closings and delays associated with the storm click here

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