Neighborhoods might not get plowed right away

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 5:40 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-- When snow falls tonight, don’t expect your neighborhood or side streets to be cleared in the morning.

Virginia Beach city crews will focus on plowing roads that lead up to hospitals and firehouses, and  primary roads, including First Colonial, Princess Anne, Virginia Beach Blvd., Independence, and Shore Dr. Areas like Indian River Rd. and West Neck Rd., are not a first priority for plowing.  

“By the time we get the main roads done, a lot of times the neighborhoods have melted,” Drew Lankford Virginia Beach public works spokesperson said.

Authorities are asking you to stay off the roads, so it’s easier for crews to salt the roads. Officials say they have more than enough sand-salt mixture available,  about 1,500 tons divided between Dam Neck, Oceana, Pungo and Euclid operations centers.  The city will use all  30 plow trucks available, and drivers will be working this storm in 12-hour-shifts.  

Lankford noted this weeks’ snowfall has one benefit. “Last week, we had two inches of ice on the ground before the storm hit. This time it should start as snow, which is easier to treat and plow.”

Police and fire crews will be out monitoring the roadways and reporting trouble spots to Public Works. City officials are asking you to call 311 if you want to report any problems on the roads.

“This is going to be far more snow, we’re expecting blizzard conditions tonight and tomorrow morning,” Lankford said.

 

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