Laurie Simmons 757-925-1647


Nov. 23, 2015

District’s Snow Budget Stands at $3 million for 2015-2016 Season

SUFFOLK, Va. –After 8 different winter weather events impacted Hampton Roads last year, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is already preparing for the upcoming 2015-2016 snow season. VDOT’s Hampton Roads District has budgets, materials, equipment and staffing in place for whatever Mother Nature brings this upcoming winter.

VDOT Hampton Roads’ estimated preseason snow-removal budget is $3 million for the winter of 2015-2016. This money is just a small part of the district’s $105 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.

“It’s been a mild fall so far with relatively warm temperatures, but the Hampton Roads District is already busy making preparations for potential snowfall later this season,” said District Administrator James Utterback. “We will continue to dedicate whatever money and resources are necessary to make sure our roads are safe and drivable when winter arrives.”

VDOT equipment, materials

For 2015-2016, VDOT Hampton Roads has almost 450 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice-control activities, including trucks with plows and salt spreaders, as well as front end loaders and backhoes. VDOT also has the capability to bring on more hired equipment, depending on the weather.

Materials and supplies currently in stock for snow and ice removal in Hampton Roads include:

  • 25,000 tons of salt,
  • 9,000 tons of sand,
  • 1,400 tons of treated abrasives,
  • 106,000 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.

For more winter driving information, please visit

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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