City Learns Lessons, Makes Changes to Snow Response

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

January 29, 2010

Few can forget the impact of the holiday punch and how it shut down Central Virginia.

This time, Charlottesville is taking the lessons from the knockout storm last December to improve the city's response in the coming days.

"We're trying to keep the city open as long as we can if it is safe," Charlottesville's director of communications Ric Barrick said.

Public Works has created an outline of their priorities to deal with the possible snow.

"I think one of the lessons learned is trying to keep the CTS buses operating more routes and for a longer period," Barrick said.

Barrick said all bus routes will be cleared as priority streets to keep buses running.

CTS also has a truck that will be used to clear snow from bus stops.

Contractors are on standby for storm response, which increases the city's ability to load and haul snow.

The Communications Office is creating a snow page on its Web site to improve communication.

"We're trying to keep people more informed, and we are trying to keep people safe," Barrick said.

Once the snowfall ends, the city will evaluate its performance this time to make the next response even better.


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