Va. Beach Public Works crews work through the night to clear roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 2:16 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-Va. Beach has about 4,000 lane miles of road and Public Works crews are working to clear the roads that are the lifeline for the city.  

"We started turning attention to secondary roads yesterday and into the night, particularly looking at the access roads to the schools," said Public Works spokesman Drew Lankford.

Crews from the city and the Va. Dept. of Transportation moved snow of the main roads to reach the surface where the ice is. The build-up brings concerns about black ice, where drivers might think the road is clear and would lose control on slippery patches they don't see in time.

Along Shore Drive near the Lesner Bridge, the road was cleared down to the asphalt in many places, creating good traction for drivers. But the entire stretch of the road wasn't that way, so drivers were urged to maintain slower speeds for safety's sake.

As with all localities, the side streets and neighborhood streets were still packed with snow and ice.

Despite that, Lankford said, "It’s a world of difference (for Public Works crews)from this week and what were battling the lower temperatures and ice."

More information from the city at its Winter Storm Center

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