VDOT and Charlottesville Public Works Prepare for First Snowfall on Tight Budget

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

December 4, 2009

VDOT and the Charlottesville Public Works are preparing for the chance of one to two inches of snow Saturday. VDOT has already pretreated Interstate 64 and Route 29 in central Virginia, and Charlottesville Public Works is prepared to treat roads Saturday.

If you took a walk outside Friday afternoon, you surely noticed the overcast skies and chilly air. CBS19 Weather Authority meteorologists indicate all signs are pointing toward a snow day Saturday, and there's a good chance that snow could accumulate on roads and sidewalks.

Public Works has snow plows prepared to get into action when that happens.

"When it looks like it could be snow, we dress out all our trucks. We've got the spreaders and the plows on, and we make sure all ouR chemicals are ready," said Director of Charlottesville Public Works, Judy Muller.

Charlottesville Public Works is trying to stop snow accumulation from happening, but this is the first winter the group has had to deal with deep budget cuts. Facing a tight budget, Public Works realizes they must allocate their resources carefully.

"In these tough economic times, we don't want to put chemicals down if we don't need to. This is the first time that my maintenance payments from the state have been cut. That means fewer dollars for this winter, so that means tougher decisions," said Muller.

If it snows Saturday afternoon, Charlottesville Public Works will be dousing city roads with chemical and salt, but there will not be any chemical on city roads prior to Saturday morning.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has already pretreated several roads in Virginia.

In Central Va. VDOT crews have pretreated Interstate 64 from Augusta County across Afton Mountain east to Zion Crossroads/U.S. 15 (exit 136) earlier Friday.

Rt. 29 has also been treated from Lynchburg through Charlottesville and up to Northern Virginia.

VDOT will have crews out beginning at midnight Friday, and through the weekend to address the storm as it develops.

If you're planning on driving around town Saturday, officials say roads should be in fine condition, but do drive carefully.

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