Roads expected to refreeze, drivers warned of black ice

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 12:13 AM

NORFOLK -- Dropping overnight temperatures has public works employees concerned about black ice.   

“The later it gets the more black ice we're going to get,” said Virginia Beach public works employee Benny Smith. 
 
Smith has been working 12-hour shifts salting and plowing city streets. He said the sun also helped a great deal to melt many of the roads, but there are still some areas that need to be cleared. 
 
“It's cleaning up the place, tightening everything up, trying to clean up the side roads, turning lanes, just basically trying to tidy up the place so it's really safe,” said Smith. 
 
In Norfolk,  Public Works spokeswoman Jeneen White said 65% of the city’s main roads have already been cleared.
 
Redundancy is the name of the game as workers sand and salt the streets repeatedly. 
 
White encourages people to stay home off the streets, but cautions those who do choose to drive to be extra careful. 
 
“One of the things I noticed while I was out today with some of the trucks is that people are following the spreaders very closely," White said.  
 
"It's not a good thing, it's very dangerous," she added. They're putting down some heavy chemicals you don't want your vehicle right in the back of those.”
 

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