RICHMOND, Va. -- Council member Jon Baliles, who represents the Museum District in council, said he has received at least 95 calls and emails since Monday from residents upset about neighborhood streets that remain snow covered and slick.
“Miserable,” is how one Richmond driver described the situation.
Toz Greywal, who lives in Fan, said it’s not any better there.
“It has not been touched, any softening has been due to weather and vehicular traffic,” Greywal said about the block of N. Allen St. where he lives.
If you take a look at the City of Richmond’s map that shows plowing status, it shows Greywal’s block of N. Allen St., between Main and Floyd St., as in progress, but Greywal said it appears nothing has been done.
Greywal pointed out that Binford Middle School sits along that block.
“Yeah, I mean it’s a travesty, but you gotta live with it,” Greywal said.
When we checked out the map Tuesday evening, we found that it had not been updated since 11:53 p.m. It did not specify at date though.
Sharon North, the spokesperson for the city’s Department of Public Works, declined an on camera interview, but told us in an email the city is attempting to address the streets as quickly and as safely as it can.
She said narrow streets unable to accommodate plows will be treated with chemicals, and again reiterated that all streets would be treated or plowed at least once by Tuesday night.
CBS 6 asked what percentage of roads remained to be worked on, but we never heard back.
In Henrico, the head of the Department of Public Works, Steve Yob, said he expects crews to reach all side roads within the next 36 hours.
“My best recommendation would be try to be patient…as of right now about 48 percent of our residential streets are complete,” Yob said Tuesday evening.
Yob said he hopes to re-asses some of the snow routes in Henrico that have become more populated and thus should be more of a priority in the future.
In Chesterfield, VDOT handles all neighborhood roads.
VDOT Spokesperson Lindsay LeGrand said 90 percent of side roads are now passable.
“We term passable as having been through the neighborhood, put down salt and sand, made a plow pass,” LeGrand said.