Road Crews Continue Clearing Icy and Snow-Covered Roads

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The quick-hitting snow, combined with all the ice, have made it a tough task to get the roads cleared.

Road crews have had their work cut out for them this season, trying to keep the streets and highways clear. But in the case of this latest storm, they said there's a light at the end of the tunnel and that's the sun.

Hitting the highway Tuesday, Jacob Hudson was pleasantly surprised to find less snow and ice.

"The main roads are mostly cleared off," Hudson said.

But that doesn't mean every street is clear.

"We live right down a hill, so going down the hill was pretty treacherous," Hudson said.

As Sunday's nasty winter blast moved in, state road crews struggled to keep up with cold temperatures, quick icing and snowfall on the interstate.

"We can plow and treat all we want, but if just right behind that it continues to slam us then we just can't keep up with the accumulation," West Virginia Department of Transportation Communications Director Brent Walker said.

In Charleston, the fight with the weather was just as intense.

"Came in quick, it hit quick," Charleston Public Works Assistant Director Bill Tate said.

Armed with chains, 17 city trucks targeted hills first, but that meant flat spots had to wait until later.

"We're plowing and scraping our flats and getting everything widened out and cleaned up today, and the sun is a big factor in helping us today," said Tate.

It's helped so far. Much of the interstate and many of Charleston's streets are now wet.

Drivers like Hudson hope this storm was the last one.

"I'm ready for some warmer weather," Hudson said.

Department of Transportation officials said they've gone through more than 320,000 tons of salt statewide. They also said they're over their winter budget by about $3 million.

D.O.T. officials said as soon as winter wraps up, they're ready to start patching potholes. They said they've counted more than 10,000 this year.


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