Virginia DOT prepares for winter weather

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- They're all set and ready to go.

With winter about a month away, The Virginia Department of Transportation is already preparing for the upcoming snow season before it hits Hampton Roads.

Statewide, VDOT's snow budget is a little more than $213 million dollars. They’re budget for Hampton Roads, sits at $6 million dollars. Last winter, VDOT spent nearly $9 million dollars maintaining roads in our area.

Eight different winter weather events impacted Hampton Roads last year.

Deputy District Administrator Kevin Gregg says VDOT has almost 550 pieces of equipment available for Hampton Roads, including 27,000 tons of salt and 16,000 tons of sand.

“We know we're going to get something this year so we have to be prepared,” Gregg says.

Gregg says they actually began preparing for the upcoming winter once winter ended earlier this year.

They spent the spring and summer months preparing trucks, restocking materials and checking all equipment.

“Salt takes a toll on the equipment so it's important to make sure they're checked and in working order,” Gregg says.

For more information on VDOT winter weather preparation, visit VirginiaDOT.org.
 


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