VDOT directs $211 million to winter weather prep

VDOT directs $211 million to winter weather prep
A car rests on the street surrounded by snow Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in Cleveland. Cleveland residents are frustrated with how long it's taking the city to clear snow from the streets, City Council members said Monday. Council members said they were told by city administration that streets are supposed to be plowed within 48 hours of a snowstorm, but that hasn't been the case.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Source: Tony Dejak)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for winter weather with $211 million in staffing, equipment and materials.

The commonwealth has about 128,000 miles of state roads and bridges, and VDOT Chief of Maintenance and Operations Kevin Gregg said preparing for winter weather is a year-round process.

More than 2,500 VDOT crew members and contractors are available for snow removal across the state, according to a VDOT release. The department also has more than 11,300 pieces of snow-removal equipment — including trucks, loaders and motor graders — and 690,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives.

The state also has more than 2.1 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

If snow reaches two inches or more, VDOT activates an online snowplowing tracking map.

During the winter, VDOT recommends monitoring weather forecasts and have a driving plan. For up-to-date traffic information, visit 511virginia.org.

For more information, visit VDOT’s website.

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