VDOT running out of snow removal money

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - With just a week in between VDOT crews are prepping to roll out all of their trucks again for a second round of snow and ice.

Two major snow storms since December wiped out the $6.9-million set aside for snow-removal in the metro area.

"I guess Mother Nature gave us the short end to the stick and we're getting a really tough winter thus far," said Taya Jarman, VDOT Spokesperson.

Now, on the eve of a third wave of bad wintry weather, VDOT has asked the state to break them off a piece of the $25-million set aside in an emergency reserve fund.

"We're committed to being able to respond and make sure our roads are safe, so whatever that takes, however much that costs, we will find the money necessary," said Jarman.

But if this next storm keeps crews working just as hard as the last two storms the $25-million could be used up quicker than VDOT would like. Once that happens the metro area will be on its own, and each district will then have to dip into local money.

"That's money allocated let's say for grass cutting, or potholes, or animal removal. That money then will be shifted to allow for our emergency response which is snow right now," Jarman said.

And right now VDOT crews are working on very little sleep.

"They are disciplined, they know to get rest when they need to and they know their jobs and they're going to do it regardless of how long it goes," said Robin Coleman, Bonair Maintenance Superintendent.

And in the past few days crews have been busy restocking materials, repairing equipment, and basically getting things in tip-top shape so they can do it all over again.

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