Why is Route 60 seeing more ice in Powhatan vs Chesterfield?

Posted at 7:19 PM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 19:19:00-05

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. -- Despite the name, snow and icy roads are not usually welcome sites for people living on Sledd Road in Powhatan County.

"If you go in the tire tracks, it's slick," said resident Karen Williams.

In fact, Williams, who has lived on Sledd Road for years said it's typical for one of the last roads to be cleared after a storm.

"You have to plan ahead," said Williams, "When you know the storm is coming you have to make sure you don't have to go out."

Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT said while primary roads are first priority, crews work their hardest to make sure roads are clear within 48 hours of the storm.

However, there is not a set priority when it comes to neighborhood to neighborhood.

Also in Powhatan County, a viewer contacted CBS 6 with concerns about conditions of Route 60 in the county.

She said early Friday morning it had only been scraped and it did not appear the road was sanded or salted.

"You probably would have more problems there, but I haven't had any problems," said one Chesterfield County resident.

The viewer also mentioned while passing into Chesterfield County on Route 60, the roads were completely clear.

LeGrand said because temperatures remained below freezing in most of the area, it's normal to see more thawing on pavement that receives sunlight, whereas more shaded areas can take longer to melt.

However, many residents said they felt that VDOT crews were doing great.

"I've seen them out, I think they're doing a good job," said one Chesterfield County resident.