Jessica Cowardin 804-524-6094
Nov. 16, 2016
VDOT’S RICHMOND DISTRICT IS READY FOR WINTER
Richmond region snow removal budget totals approximately $13.2 million
VDOT trucks loaded with salt spreaders and plows part of 1,000-piece fleet
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Following one of the region’s most impactful snow seasons on record, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Richmond District is ready to mobilize again this year when wintry weather arrives. Preparing for icy conditions on nearly 19,000 lane miles of roadway is an important, year-long effort. “Our focus is keeping drivers safe,” said District Maintenance Engineer, Steven McNeely. “To prepare, we’ve been performing dry runs of snow removal routes, stocking up on snow removal materials and testing our equipment for icy conditions.”
Snow removal by the numbers
The region currently has an estimated $13.2 million budgeted for snow removal out of an overall maintenance budget of $246 million. If necessary, additional maintenance resources can be used for snow removal.
Materials and supplies in stock for this season include; 61,000 tons of salt, 26,000 tons of sand, 13,000 tons of treated abrasives and 229,000 gallons of salt brine. VDOT replenishes supplies as they are used throughout the winter. The Richmond District currently has 1,400 pieces of equipment available for snow and ice removal, including 600 owned and another 800 contracted. The equipment includes plows, spreaders, front end loaders, motor graders and backhoes.
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 important public facilities, such as; emergency services, localities, employment hubs, schools, hospitals and military posts. Secondary roads and subdivisions with lower traffic volumes will be treated during multi-day storms, but the focus first remains on roads that carry the most traffic.
Before traveling, you can get the latest traffic conditions by using 511 Virginia. Call 511 from any phone in Virginia, visit www.511virginia.org or download the free mobile app at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.
Customer service center
Report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center by calling 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or using the online form available at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp.
For more winter driving information, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance and construction activities on 18,000 lane miles of roads in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties. Henrico County provides snow removal for their secondary roads (routes numbered 600 and above) and subdivision streets. Cities that provide their own snow removal include Richmond, Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Hopewell, and the towns of Ashland, South Hill, Chase City and Blackstone.
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