VDOT News - Hampton Roads



Hampton Roads Public Affairs 757-956-3032


Dec. 4, 2018

District’s snow budget is $8.4 million for 2018-2019 season

SUFFOLK–VDOT continues its commitment to being responsive during snow events, and VDOT’s budget, materials, equipment and staffing are all in place and ready to go for this winter. Our crew members train and prepare all year long for winter weather, and they’re ready to work around the clock to keep roads safe when snow arrives.

VDOT Hampton Roads’ estimated preseason snow-removal budget is $8.4 million for the winter of 2018-2019. This money is a small part of the district’s overall maintenance budget. If more resources are needed to keep roads clear during a snow storm, VDOT Hampton Roads will spare no expense for driver safety.

VDOT equipment, materials

For 2018-2019, VDOT Hampton Roads has more than 470 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT also has the capability to bring on more hired equipment, depending on the weather.

Materials and supplies currently in stock for snow and ice removal in Hampton Roads include:

  • 24,891 tons of salt,
  • 15,102 tons of sand,
  • 168,400 gallons of salt brine.
  • VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter.

 Road-clearing priorities 

  • VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends, if there are no additional accumulations.

Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the Commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

VDOT maintains all interstates, major state-maintained primary routes, and county roads in Hampton Roads. Individual municipalities maintain their own primary and secondary routes.

Have a plan before you drive

Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by calling 511, or go to www.511virginia.org. You also can download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app. 

  • 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)

Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.

  • Twitter

Follow us @VaDOTHR and @511hamptonroads for the latest weather/traffic updates during a storm.

For more winter driving information, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Photos and footage from the 2018 Hampton Roads District Snow Press Conference held this morning in Norfolk are available for download here.


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Page last modified: Dec. 4, 2018