VDOT News - Richmond



Bob Spieldenner 804-524-6179


Nov. 29, 2018

VDOT crews are equipped with over 100,000 tons of salt, sand and abrasives for the 2018-19 snow season

SOUTH CHESTERFIELD – As the mid-November storm showed, winter weather season is here for Central Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District has been preparing since the end of last winter and our crews and equipment are ready for Mother Nature.

“We have stocked up on snow removal supplies and our crews have prepared and tested their equipment. In addition, we’ve updated our plans and augmented our crews with private contractors to ensure a safe and timely snow removal process for the approximately 18,000 lane miles in our district,” said Sean Nelson, District Maintenance Engineer.

Snow removal by the numbers

The region currently has an estimated $15.8 million budgeted for snow removal. If necessary, additional maintenance funds 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 222,000 gallons of salt brine. VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter.

The Richmond District currently has approximately 1,360 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice removal, including 260 owned and another 1,100 contracted. The equipment includes plows, spreaders, front end loaders, motor graders and backhoes.

Road-clearing priorities

VDOT’s goal is to have one passable lane on all roads:

  • 2-4 inches of snow: 24 hours after a storm ends
  • 6 inches of snow: 48 hours after storm ends
  • More than 6 inches of snow: more than 48 hours after 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.



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Page last modified: Nov. 29, 2018