Richmond to have snow removal test run

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The city says it has stepped up its response to clearing main roads.

As part of that effort, Public Works crews are running routes to make sure they know what to do when snow and ice blankets Richmond.

Roughly 50 crews will drive the snow routes on the city's main roads on both sides of the James River.

This year, the city has also invested in new spreaders and plows to increase that fleet and clear the roads quicker.

They'll begin making their rounds Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Some of those snow routes include Hull Street, Broad Street, and Midlothian Turnpike.

The test route will exclude neighborhood roads, but Mayor Dwight Jones says he still has a plan for private contractors to help in neighborhood clean-up.

The other concern is, with all the construction on Midlothian, how will the snow affect drivers taking this road everyday?

We'll will have on-going updates on air and online.

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