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Winter weather may put VDOT over snow removal budget

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VDOT says it may exceed its snow budget this year, possibly impacting future road projects.

Equipment, salt, sand, and crews cost one million dollars a day during a major snow storm.

"That's for the entire district to have 12-hour shifts, crews working around the clock and we were doing that for several days last week," said Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT.

Before last week's winter weather hit, VDOT had already spent $10 million on snow removal. The state only budgeted $10.4 million for the entire season.

"It looks like we could have gone over the budget with this past storm," LeGrand said.

That's rare.

"There have been years in past, where we haven't spent a third or a half of our snow removal budget but were actually getting close to spending the entirety of our snow removal budget this year," she added.

It's not just the state. Many localities maintain their own secondary roads. For example, Henrico spent $1.4 million before last week's storm. That's more than double what it spent for snow removal this time last year. If more snow hits, both VDOT and Henrico will be able to respond, but with adjustments down the road.

"If we need to shift projects later, of course we will," LeGrand said.

It means other road work, now budgeted as a priority, may not get as much attention since the snow has to go.

"We also have a mowing schedule, brush control throughout the summer, there are some paving projects that we could possibly shift," she added.

Mother Nature leaving no choice when the bottom line is to make sure drivers are safe this winter, no matter the cost.

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