VDOT makes steady progress to clear roads

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Department of Transportation crews are continuing their work to clear roads in Central Virginia for drivers.

Will Merritt, a spokesperson for VDOT, said they took advantage of the lull Sunday afternoon to clear roads with the plows.

He said a majority of the primary roads in Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been cleared.

However, he said the work is only beginning for the crews as they begin to clear secondary roads.

"It will take some time for us to reach all of the secondary roads and especially those gravel roads too," said Merritt. "The gravel roads are a little bit more difficult for us because we can't drop our plow blade all the way to the ground, but we will be out there working until all roads are passable."

Merritt also warns drivers of the risk for black ice as temperatures fall below freezing Sunday night.

VDOT hopes to clear the roads within 48 to 72 hours.

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