Thursday, November 13, 2014

VDOT's Winter Weather Preparations

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)  has its initial budgets, materials, equipment and staffing in place in preparation for whatever this year’s weather brings to keep Loudoun County's roads clear.

Last winter proved that weather patterns pay no attention to the calendar, with snow on the ground in various parts of the state from late October into early April.

VDOT’s estimated snow-removal budget (statewide) is $145.5 million for the winter of 2014-2015. The snow-removal budget is part of VDOT’s overall FY 2015 maintenance budget of approximately $1.5 billion.

Last winter, VDOT’s preseason snow-removal budget for 2013-2014 was $157 million, a figure based on the average expenditures from the previous five winters. The agency spent approximately $350 million by the end of the season.

Materials and supplies in stock for the 2014-2015 season for snow and ice removal include:

  • 366,678 tons of salt
  • 122,766 tons of sand
  • 60,850 tons of treated abrasives
  • 564,405 gallons of liquid calcium chloride
  • 1.1 million gallons of salt brine 

In Northern Virginia, VDOT has 3,600 pieces of equipment and a $50.5 million snow budget for the coming winter.

Learn more about VDOT's snow preparations and how it will affect your winter travels.

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