UPDATE: Public Works Crews Continue to Treat Roads and Streets

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Public Works crews in Virginia Beach continued to treat the roads and streets in Virginia Beach Monday evening, and will continue throughout the night and Tuesday.   

Crews began treating bridges, overpasses and major intersections with a salt/sand solution on Monday afternoon ahead of rush hour traffic.   Beginning at 6 p.m., crews began working on 12-hours shifts, with 75-person crews working 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and the day shift beginning Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.   

Late Monday evening, with snow continuing to accumulate, crews began to plow in a number of areas.  Crews usually wait until there is at least 2”-3” of snow on the roadways before plowing.  With the ice that is expected to fall during the night, crews continued to spread the salt/sand solution along with the plowing.   

Public Works has 1700 tons of salt/sand solution mixed and ready for use, with another 1700 tons of salt and sand available to be mixed and used if needed.   

The goal of Public Works is to have Priority 1 streets passable to public transportation and emergency vehicles within 12 hours after snow stops falling.   There are approximately 900 lane miles of Priority I roads in the city.  Priority 1 streets include streets that access hospital, fire stations and police stations. 

 The goal for Priority 2 and 3 streets and roads – approximately 324 lane miles – is to be passable within a 24-hour period after snow stops falling.   Neighborhood streets are not cleared due to safety considerations.   

The intensity of the storm and other factors such as temperatures, time of day, day of the week, wind conditions and others will also dictate the length of time it takes to clear city streets.   

Bridges, overpasses and ramps are always a priority due to their tendency to freeze quicker than roads and streets.  There are 41 bridges and culverts throughout the city that receive priority, including the major bridges - Lesner, Rudee Inlet, Pungo Ferry, Ferrell Parkway, I-64/Indian River Road and I-64/Providence Road.   

Public Works encourages drivers not to be on the road if at all possible due to both dangerous driving conditions and the fact that it makes it easier for crews to treat the roads and streets with less traffic. 


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