VDOT says its crews are ready for winter weather

The Virginia Department of Transportation says it is ready for the 2017-18 winter season. (Credit: WAVY/Rob Rizzo).

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gave an update on its plan for winter weather Thursday, ahead of the weekend’s temperature drop.

VDOT said it’s all hands on deck and crews are preparing for any possible wintry mix throughout the winter season. VDOT crews have already tested equipment and conducted dry runs around Hampton Roads.

“We began preparing in October with equipment checks and dry runs,” said VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator Jim Utterback.

VDOT does not, however, believe its crews will be working this weekend in Hampton Roads, despite the possibility of a wintry mix.

“We pay attention to the ground temperature, how that has been over the last few weeks, is the precipitation going to stick, is it going to melt, is it going to freeze? All of that goes into our decision as to what we’ll do,” explained Hampton Roads District Manager Bill Collier. “We certainly have people paying attention to that, the current plans and current forecast don’t call for pre-treatment or having crews standing by but should that change between now and late Friday night we’ll make those decisions.”

Utterback added, “We work to keep our salt domes and sand piles stocked and our pre-treatment supplies on hand for a quick and complete roll out.”

VDOT gave the media a closer look at its snow removal equipment for this season, which includes snow trucks, sand and salt mix and abrasives used to treat the roads.

The goal this year is to have all state roads passable within 48 hours after a storm ends, if no additional snow has fallen.