February 14, 2014
Side roads and neighborhood drives around Albemarle County were still snow covered on Friday afternoon. That left residents with the task of shoveling their driveways only to lead to a snow covered road.
“It's a mess,” says Charles Shiflett.
The road leading to his home in Crozet was blocked by a pile of snow and Shiflett says plows haven't been down his road, making impossible for him to get out any time soon.
“They never scrape this unless somebody calls them,” says Shiflett. “There haven't been many snows this winter, but they never scrapped this snow the whole year.”
VDOT spokesperson, Stacy Londrey, says today their efforts were focused on secondary roads on Friday.
“The crews are working on plowing the roads that haven't been plowed yet,” says Londrey. “Most of them were plowed at least once yesterday.”
“They did a quick pass over them to let people in and out and they're going back to clean those up and plow the roads that haven't been plowed yet.”
For people who haven't seen any progress on their side street, Londrey gave a few suggestions if you plan on shoveling your driveway.
“If your road has not yet been plowed, you may be best to leave the last few feet of your driveway closest to the road un-shoveled,” explains Londrey. “As the plows come through, they are going to mound the snow up on your driveway, so it's best to make that effort once as you plan to do your own shoveling.”
She also says to shovel snow on the right side of the driveway, facing the road, so snow doesn’t get plowed back on your driveway.
Charlottesville public works hoped to start on their secondary roads last night, but after the extra snowfall that came Thursday evening they had to double back on major roads.
“We were in pretty good shape yesterday around noon and then that second wave went by and put down enough that we had to go back over the major roadways, which really slowed down us getting into the neighborhood streets,” says Judy Mueller, director of Charlottesville Public Works.
They are trying to hit every neighborhood roadway by the end of Friday.
VDOT is asking that you give them 48 hours to get rid of all of the snow on secondary roads. If you feel as if your road was forgotten, you are asked to call VDOT Customer Service at 1-800-367-7623.
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