VDOT News - Hampton Roads





Dec. 15, 2021

District’s Snow Budget is $6.7 million for 2021-2022 Season

SUFFOLK–Winter is coming, and VDOT is ready.

VDOT Hampton Roads’ estimated preseason snow-removal budget is $6.7 million for the winter 2021-2022 season. This money is a small part of the district’s overall 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.

VDOT equipment, materials

For 2021-2022, VDOT Hampton Roads has more than 470 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:

  • 25,511 tons of salt,
  • 8,691 tons of sand,
  • 168,400 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. Individual municipalities maintain 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 www.511virginia.org. You also can download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app at https://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp#app.

  • 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.


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

For more winter driving information, please visit https://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

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