Laurie Simmons 757-925-1647


Oct. 28, 2014

District estimates $6.4 Million Available for Hampton Roads Snow Removal

SUFFOLK, Va. –After 14 different snow events in Hampton Roads last year, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is already preparing for the upcoming 2014-2015 snow season. VDOT has initial budgets, materials, equipment and staffing in place for whatever this year’s weather brings. Last winter proved that weather patterns pay no attention to the calendar, with snow on the ground at times from late October into early April.

VDOT Hampton Roads’ estimated preseason snow-removal budget is $6.4 million for the winter of 2014-2015. This money is just a small part of the district’s $92 million maintenance budget. If more resources are needed to keep roads clear during a snow storm, VDOT Hampton Roads will spare no expense for driver safety.

Last winter, the preseason snow-removal budget for VDOT Hampton Roads was $4.8 million, a figure based on the average expenditures from the previous five winters; but by the time the 2013-2014 season was over, VDOT Hampton Roads spent $14.1 million throughout 14 different snow events. That averages out to $1 million spent for each snow storm.

“Meteorologists are predicting a milder winter than last year, but VDOT Hampton Roads will still be prepared for the worst,” said District Administrator James Utterback. “We will continue to dedicate the resources necessary to make sure our roads are safe and drivable.”

VDOT equipment, materials

For 2014-2015, VDOT Hampton Roads has almost 400 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT also has the capability to bring on more hired equipment depending on the weather, so these numbers can fluctuate.

Materials and supplies in stock for the 2014-2015 season for snow and ice removal in Hampton Roads include:
• 14,000 tons of salt,
• 12,000 tons of sand,
• 1,700 tons of treated abrasives,
• 77,000 gallons of salt brine.

VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter.

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 localities, fire stations, employment hubs, military posts, schools, hospitals and other important public facilities. Secondary roads and subdivision streets will be treated if multiday storms hit the commonwealth, but crews will focus efforts on those roads that carry the most traffic.

VDOT maintains all interstates, major state primary routes, and county roads in Hampton Roads. Incorporated cities take care of their own primary and secondary routes.

Have a plan before you drive

Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by calling 511, or go to You also can download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app at

• 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623)
Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling this statewide toll-free number.

• Twitter
Follow us @VaDOTHR and @511hamptonroads for the latest weather/traffic updates during a storm.
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