All of VDOT employees serve on some aspect of snow duty. it can be anything from driving a snowplow to counting the number of loads of salt that go out. VDOT usually paves interstates and county roads, but when it comes to Petersburg. In fact, when it comes to clearing city roads, workers for the Virginia Department of Transportation and the City of Petersburg will remain in action until they achieve bare pavement on all top priority roads.
The Following is a statement released on the Petersburg City website.
“We work 24/7 (all day every day) until we achieve bare pavement on ALL Priority 1 Roads (major arterials, minor arterials, major collectors and minor collectors) such as Crater Road, Washington and Wythe Street Route 36, Wagner Road and County Drive Route 460 and Hickey Hill Road and then, if necessary, we continue to work 24/7 until all other roads within our system are passable. Passable does not mean bare pavement. Passable means that a road can be traveled with caution. In winter storms involving heavy snow accumulations, we make roads passable by plowing them for two way traffic (except for one way roads). Our plowing operations push off loose snow and we attempt to clip off ridges created by earlier traffic that may present ruts difficult to negotiate. Unlike previous years, you will see VDOT assisting with winter operations on our Priority 1 Routes. This is a result of the VDOT temporary assist program.”
Top priority roads include roads like Crater Road, Washington and Wythe Street, Route 36, Wagner Road and County Drive/Route 460, and Hickey Hill Road.
Then, if necessary, workers continue to work until all other roads within the city system are passable. Passable does not mean bare pavement. Passable means that a road can be traveled with caution.
**We operate 24 hours a day in two-12 hour shifts, 7 days a week until all of our Priority 1 Roads are bare pavement and all others are passable.
**We focus on Priority 1 Roads first. These roads carry high volumes of traffic, such as Crater Road. We strive for bare pavement as quickly as possible on all Priority 1 Roads. We use a combination of salt, sand and plowing operations to achieve bare pavement, depending upon field conditions.
**Once we have achieved bare pavement on our Priority 1 Roads, we move our resources into subdivisions, if determined un-passable. We sometimes find packed snow/ice bonded to the pavement making it difficult to achieve bare pavement in subdivisions. When snow/ice has been packed on the pavement for multiple days, we achieve passable conditions by plowing (sometimes just one pass per lane) and spreading sand on inclines and curves in order to improve traction on slippery surfaces.
**Passable means a road can be traveled with caution. In winter storms involving heavy snow accumulations, we make roads passable by plowing them for two-way traffic (except for one way roads). Our plowing operations push off loose snow and we attempt to clip off ridges created by earlier traffic that may present ruts difficult to negotiate. This may require motor graders that achieve more downward pressure than trucks with front mounted plows. In cases where inclines and curves are involved, an application of sand may also be made after plowing to assist with traction to make a road passable. Passable does not mean bare pavement. We do not have a bare pavement goal in subdivisions.