Jennifer McCord 571-230-2926
Ellen Kamilakis 703-638-2595

Nov. 2, 2017

VDOT: Rigged and Ready for Winter
Crews, equipment, materials and online tools prepared in northern Virginia

FAIRFAX—The Virginia Department of Transportation’s resources are in place for when winter arrives in northern Virginia.

Almost $84.9 million is set aside for snow removal in northern Virginia this winter, and the agency’s state and contracted fleet is ready with more than 4,500 pieces of equipment. More than 120,000 tons of salt, 250,000 gallons of brine, and 25,000 tons of sand are on hand and will be restocked regularly through the season. 

Those resources will be used to plow and treat 13,585 lane miles across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads). More than 11,000 of those lane miles are secondary and subdivision streets.

“It is never too early to prepare,” said Lauren Mollerup, P.E., VDOT’s maintenance engineer for northern Virginia, at today’s annual snow briefing. “Throughout the year we plan for our winter equipment, materials, and staffing, and today is a good reminder for everyone at home to prepare too—to check vehicles and emergency kits, to consider alternate commute and telework plans, and to become familiar with our online resources.”

Resource Reminders

Residents are asked to bookmark and keep on hand for news releases, important messages, frequently asked questions and links to many other resources, including:

               » @vadotnova on Twitter

               » for road conditions

               » for neighborhood status and locations of plows

               » or 800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report issues

Learn more about northern Virginia’s winter resources, operations, what residents can expect during snow and ice.


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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