Road conditions much improved after winter storm

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – WAVY News had crews on both the Southside and Peninsula Tuesday, to survey the latest road conditions and storm clean up efforts.

One crew drove the primary and secondary roads in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. During the morning commute, main roads were still covered in thick snow and ice, but by midday, the same roads were mostly clear.

Drew Lankford, the Public Works spokesman for the city of Virginia Beach, said 30 trucks were out on the roads throughout Tuesday. The drivers’ shift would end at 6:30 p.m., which is when a new crew of eight drivers would remain on duty.

City of Chesapeake officials said all emergency, primary, secondary and collector roads were clear by noon on Tuesday. The Chesapeake Public Works Department went back to a regular schedule at 1 p.m. However, crews were continuing to treat ice patches around the city.

In Portsmouth, spokeswoman Dana Woodson said all primary roads, bridges and overpasses had been treated and at least 75 percent of secondary roads were treated by 4 p.m. Tuesday. She also mentioned trash, bulk and recycling routes missed this week will be collected Wednesday.

Public works crews on the Peninsula cleared primary and secondary roads Tuesday. WAVY.com drove on primary roads, such as W.Mercury Blvd and Jefferson Ave and saw dry pavement.

“No slipping, not today,” said T.J. McMahon, who drives a scooter to work in Hampton. “They did a good job on the roads salting it down and stuff like that. Once the sun came out it pretty much took care of everything.”

Newport News police responded to nine traffic crash reports Monday and six traffic crash reports, as of Tuesday afternoon. The city used nine spreaders and 15 snow plows to clean up the roads.

City crews do not have the resources to treat neighborhood roads. The big concern on Peninsula roads overnight is refreezing.

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