VDOT Hampton Roads district is ready for winter weather

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One of VDOT Hampton Roads district's snow plows in front of a sand pile. (Photo courtesy of VDOT)
One of VDOT’s snow plows in front of a sand pile. (Photo courtesy of VDOT)

Winter is coming and the Virginia Department of Transportation is planning ahead.

Last year Hampton Roads saw eight winter weather events, each costing about $1.1 million to service. With a $6 million budget, 27,000 tons of salt, 16,000 tons of sand, 168,000 gallons of salt brine and industrial vehicles, VDOT’s goal this winter is to have state-maintained roads passable within 48-hours after a snowstorm hits, according to a news release.

During storms, VDOT prioritizes interstates, major state primary roads and secondary roads connecting communities to emergency and public facilities like fire stations, schools and military posts.

The Hampton Roads and Lynchburg districts have the lowest state funding in the Commonwealth this year for the winter season, according to the release.

VDOT asks that people traveling in inclement weather this winter have a plan that can start with calling 511 for the latest traffic conditions or following @VaDOTHR for updates.

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