Tri-Cities fighting the good fight against snowy, slushy roads

Posted at 7:23 PM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-18 19:23:32-05

PETERSBURG, Va. --There are more than 1,100 lane miles in Dinwiddie County and while the main roads and many secondary roads are clear, neighborhood streets are now the focus of the snowplows.

"I think they're doing a great job, honestly, that was a lot of snow we had real quick, so, being that it's a couple of days out, we still got a little bit of snow on the roads; I think they're doing well, I can't complain," said Gary Mayfield, who lives in a subdivision off River Road.

In Petersburg, they have 379 lane miles and all the main roads are clear. Now crews are out in full force and focusing on neighborhood roads.

"We've got 19 plows, seven spreaders, a motor grader, two backhoes, pick-up truck we're out in force addressing the issues," said Mike Mee, who leads the Petersburg Street Operations.

In Colonial Heights, with 194 lane miles,  main roads are clear and the side streets are slushy. There, snowplow crews have worked their way into neighborhoods. They aren't just plowing, but also throwing down salt and sand to help provide traction at intersections and hills.