VDOT's Snow Removal Budget Depletes as Winter Storms Continue
The seemingly nonstop series of winter storms is quickly draining the Virginia Department of Transportation’s budget for snow removal. State crews and contractors are out on the roads again Wednesday across central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
Thirteen winter weather events have kept crews busy pre-treating, plowing, and salting the highways.
VDOT has tapped into more than half its budget for snow removal in central Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley's budget is blown - and we're not even officially halfway through winter.
VDOT’s Culpeper district - which covers the Route 29 corridor from Albemarle County north to Fauquier County - has spent $5.7 million of its $10.2 million budget as of January 9. Expenses the biggest snowfall of the season last week have not been totaled yet.
VDOT’s Staunton district estimates it has used up all $11.2 million budgeted for the season. It will have to tap into a statewide contingency fund to get through the rest of winter.
VDOT budgeted $157 million statewide this year. VDOT says its response to winter weather is done with safety - not cost - in mind.
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