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Virginia Beach crews stay busy clearing roads

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 18:12:20-05

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - Public Works crews in Virginia Beach are staying busy, clearing roads of snow and ice after Tuesday's winter storm.

Spokesman Drew Lankford tells NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo that crews were treating and clearing 900 lane miles of primary roads and 340 lane miles of secondary roads.

By Thursday, most primary roads in the city were clear, save for a few icy spots, which were being treated.

"We are really trying to turn our attention to a lot of the secondary roads where we are still having some problems and some ice build up," Lankford stated.

Crews have also been paying attention to any trouble spots called in by emergency crews.

"We are getting occasional calls from police, public safety and EMS folks because they are out there and they are seeing places where we might need our attention so we are trying to take care of those too," Lankford said.

Persistent freezing temperatures following the snow fall on Tuesday have hindered efforts to clear roads; ordinarily warming temperatures would naturally help melt ice.

"Hasn't been the case this time. The temperature kept dropping while it was still falling so a lot of the snow that was falling wasn't becoming 2-3 inches of powder on the road it was becoming ice," Lankford stated.