VDOT already prepared for the winter weather

Virginia Department of Transportation. (Courtesy www.virginiadot.org)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Department of Transportation has prepared a few weeks early for the arrival of the winter weather with staffing, equipment, and materials already in place.

According to VDOT, they have set aside around $214 million for the winter weather. They also have 2,500 crew members, in addition to contractors, available for snow removal throughout Virginia.

About 12,868 pieces of snow-removal equipment, including trucks, loaders and motor graders will be used and VDOT has set aside 652,659 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives and 1.6 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

“Our crews prepare for winter weather throughout the year,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “When snow arrives, crew members will have the resources needed to get the job done. They’re trained to handle the worst conditions and when snow arrives, they’ll work around the clock to keep Virginia moving.”

LED headlights are being used in place of halogen lights on some plow trucks in the Lynchburg District. The lights will also be installed on trucks in some other parts of the state during the winter. They are expected to increase visibility in snowy and foggy conditions.

For more information, go to VDOT winter weather.