Supervisors navigate snow, health concerns and land use

by Madison White Franks

HEATHSVILLE—At the January 11 board of supervisors meeting, Virginia Department of Transportation representatives gave an overview of the department’s snow operations during the recent “bomb cyclone” that hit the area.

Lottsburg area headquarters superintendent Todd Vanlandingham noted VDOT went into 24-hour service January 3 to 9. They used 515 tons of salt and 592 tons of sand and salt mix.

“We had no reported accidents or injuries for our workers or contractors, and no major breakdowns,” said Vandlandingham, regarding snow removal efforts in Northumberland County. “So much that we do depends on Mother Nature and we were fighting that this time between the temperatures and the wind.”

District 5 supervisor Ronnie Jett said there was not a road that wasn’t passable during the storm and thanked the department for its work.

District 4 supervisor Tommy Tomlin asked why the department did not pre-treat the roads for this event…