53's opened: But now City's slammed Hydraulic shut
5:30am Tuesday update: the Newsplex reported yesterday afternoon that car-strewn Route 53 has finally reopened, yet eastbound Hydraulic Road near K-Mart has been closed due to icy conditions. (The Hookmobile drove several miles down Rt. 53 at 3pm yesterday to Simeon, but turned around in utter frustration because the lead vehicle in a four-car snake–- a dark green Ford truck–- refused to go over 15mph despite a "blackometer" level of about 70%.)
Orig. story: Crews are slowly extracting the dozens of abandoned cars along Route 53, southeast of Charlottesville as the Christmas Snowpocalypse enters day four of non-stop, non-stick mayhem.
The Hookmobile went out Monday morning for another tour of Charlottesville and environs. This slideshow shows what we found.
Also, this is the noontime Hook "Blackometer," the percentage of black asphalt available on a few given streets:
• Route 250W/Ivy Road - 5%
• Emmet Street - 60%
• Main Street - 20%
• Rugby Road - 30%
• Market Street - 40%
• Barracks Road - 50%
• Route 29 South - 60%
• Old Lynchburg Road - 0.00%
Please note that these estimates may change as the day's sunshine heats up the pavement. And authorities caution nighttime drivers that daytime's snowmelt can create nighttime's hazardous black ice.
–-original headline: "Still closed: Route 53 a mess; so's everything else"
–-second headline misstated closing party's name: "53's opened: But now VDOT's slammed Hydraulic shut"