VDOT News - Richmond



Jessica Cowardin 804-524-6094


Dec. 7, 2017

Richmond region snow removal budget totals approximately $13.5 million

VDOT crews are equipped with over 100,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives for the 2017-18 snow season.

COLONIAL HEIGHTS – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District is prepared to once again combat wintry weather this year on roads throughout Central Virginia. Preparing for icy conditions on nearly 19,000 lane miles of roadway is an important, year-long effort. “Our focus continues to be the safety of motorists throughout the commonwealth,” said District Maintenance Engineer, Steven McNeely. “Richmond District crews have been preparing tirelessly for winter weather events, conducting dry runs and stocking up on snow removal materials to ensure that area drivers arrive safely to their destinations.”

Snow removal by the numbers

The region currently has an estimated $13.5 million budgeted for snow removal out of an overall maintenance budget of $210 million. If necessary, additional maintenance resources can be used for snow removal.

Materials and supplies in stock for this season include; 62,000 tons of salt, 23,000 tons of sand, 15,000 tons of treated abrasives and 217,000 gallons of salt brine. VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter.

The Richmond District currently has approximately 1,200 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice removal, including 300 owned and another 900 contracted. The equipment includes plows, spreaders, front end loaders, motor graders and backhoes. Road-clearing priorities VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends. Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect important public facilities, such as; emergency services, localities, employment hubs, schools, hospitals and military posts. Secondary roads and subdivisions with lower traffic volumes will be treated during multi-day storms, but the focus first remains on roads that carry the most traffic.

Information resources 511 Virginia

Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by using 511 Virginia. Call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free mobile app at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.

Social media Twitter: For area information, follow @VaDOTRVA and @511centralva

Facebook: VDOT’s statewide page: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaDOT

Customer service center Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or using the online form available at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp.

Additional resources:

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




VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance and construction activities on approximately 19,000 lane miles of roads in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties. Henrico County provides snow removal for their secondary roads (routes numbered 600 and above) and subdivision streets. Cities that provide their own snow removal include Richmond, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Hopewell, and the towns of Ashland, South Hill, Chase City and Blackstone.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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