VDOT in a race against time and weather to repair roads

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Many of us are still seeing a lot of construction left by the storms this fall. 

VDOT is trying to repair damage left by the storm while getting ready for the winter weather that will be heading to the region. 

VDOT officials say their crews have been working overtime trying to make repairs. They hope to get most roads fixed before the holiday travel season. 

 Construction, it’s something as drivers that can’t be avoided. 

Because of the storms we have had these past few months VDOT has been in overdrive trying to make repairs.

For example Route 220 in between Roanoke and  Franklin County, part of it is one lane on each side. 

“We had lots of roads that had been damaged by the storm and most of them were related to pipe replacement kind of things, pipe failures, rock slides, shoulders giving way and we’re continuing to work on those areas.Now and our crews are working really long hours. We’re trying to catch up with everything, but it’s going to be a long haul.”

At first VDOT struggled to make roads passable. 

“Passable doesn’t mean it’s back up to where it needs to be. So a lot of the work that you are seeing now is still related to the storms and will be for some time. Some of the shoulder damage that happened  or where we had some rock slides those are some things we need to get to before the road freezes,” said Jen Ward with VDOT. 

 VDOT crews are working against time and weather to get these repairs done. Because they say they are ready for whatever mother nature throws us this winter. 

“Once snow hits, our priority will shift to removing snow and making the roads passable again for people to get to work or get to go where they are going,” said Jen Ward with VDOT.

VDOT says they have completed runs for snow removal and they had all the salt and equipment ready for winter.

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