Danville, VA - Danville got hit hard yesterday with snow and ice, making for some rough road conditions.
Public Works crews worked Tuesday night trying to get the main thoroughfares cleared. They began plowing and sanding residential streets Wednesday morning.
The Public Works Director says they don't pre-treat those secondary roads before a winter storm because it is just too costly.
Crews make their own brine on site, but the salt used in that mixture can cost up to $100 a ton, and it takes hundreds of tons just to get the main roads clear.
"In a storm of this type which stays frozen all night, and it's really persistently snowing like it did all night, we'll use about 300 tons of salt, " said Public Works Director Richard Drazenovich.
They also have seen wet sand freezing in the trucks before it makes it onto the road. The Director says they haven't run into too many problems during this storm, but in the future, they hope to build an enclosure to keep the sand dry while it's not in use.