VDOT working with 2.4 million-pound stash of salt for local roads

Posted at 12:56 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 01:13:43-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- We saw sleet and snow Thursday afternoon, following a winter storm.  Soon after the process was underway to clear the roads.  VDOT truckers one-by-one were loading up with much-needed salt to help clear the area.  But, they were not the only ones hard at work during and after the storm.

It's a statewide effort to clear the Richmond roads and surrounding streets.  VDOT crews headed to the departments headquarters off Midlothian Turnpike, to fill up with nearly 1,200 tons of salt--that's 2,400,000 pounds worth--being used to clear the snow and ice from roads.

The changeover Thursday from sleet to snow, created a slick commute as roads were left icy and in some cases glazed over.  And just down the road from the VDOT headquarters, there was a different type of glaze at the local Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop.


"The only day we are closed is on Christmas, that's it," Krispy Kreme worker Shalissa Frazier said.

Frazier, along with her co-workers were open for business despite several surrounding restaurants deciding to close-up shop because of the wintry weather.

"It is good that we have enough people here today, even though we are not busy," Frazier said.  "We just have fun and we just make the day go by."

"With all those stores that are closed, they mainly come here and they're like 'Thank you so much for being open,'" Krispy Kreme employee Patrice Lacy said.  "We have some faithful coworkers who show up for work and we do what we  have to do."

VDOT crews are working in shifts of 12 hours to help make road conditions safer for drivers.