Wintery Mix Leaves Slick Roads for VDOT

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

The roads are a bit better Christmas Eve, thanks to work from VDOT and public works crews.

Gary Via Jr is a superintendent for Virginia Department of Transportation. He is still hard at work keeping our roads clear this Christmas Eve.

"Everybody's out doing their Christmas Eve services and such, so we want to make sure that people are safe and getting to where they need to be," says Via.

Temperatures will get below freezing, and that leaves Via with some concerns, "there's still some slick spots out there, some slushy spots, especially on our secondary routes."

That's where Robbie Smith with Brothers Excavations comes in. He is spreading rock dust on the roads.

"I'm going to go out here on these secondary roads, the back roads, and find the slick spots, and put abrasives on them, so that the public will be safe," says Smith.

His company doesn't usually do this kind of work and Christmas Eve is actually Smith's first time out clearing the roads, "this is something we're trying, if it works out well, we'll continue doing it."

VDOT loaded truck after truck with salt. The location off North Valley Pike is used by Rockingham, Augusta, and Page Counties.

"We can hold a little over 5 thousand tons of salt at this location. So, plenty of salt, we're ready for the winter," Via says.

VDOT was ready for today, but Christmas Eve did catch Via off guard,
"we thought, hopefully by this afternoon, we'd get some rain, and not any freezing precipitation. But, here it is, and we'll handle it."

In wintery weather like this, Via wants to remind everyone to drive carefully. He says there are 'cold spots', spots that don't see a lot of sun and are hard to keep unfrozen. These could still be a problem for Christmas day.


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