Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release
RICHMOND – The harsh winter has impacted the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) snow budget. VDOT will likely exceed its $157 million snow budget by more than $100 million, but VDOT has adequate resources in place from its larger maintenance budget for snow removal, pothole repairs, repaving and other activities to keep roads as safe as possible.
“Make no mistake, this winter has put a strain on our maintenance budget,” said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. “However, we have sufficient resources to ensure our roads are well-kept and we will continue to be good stewards of public funds. This winter has been rough, but we’re committed to delivering a safe and reliable transportation system. Motorists and the public can expect to see crews on the roads day in and day out working to improve transportation in Virginia.”
The additional snow removal costs will be paid out of VDOT’s overall maintenance budget. VDOT is looking ahead at where adjustments can be made to the maintenance budget to compensate for those costs. With safety always first, VDOT is considering the following adjustments:
· Extend completion dates of select paving projects
· Limit use of service contracts (excluding snow removal and pothole patching) and perform needed services with VDOT staff
· Limit overtime (excluding snow operations/safety related activities)
· Delay new equipment purchases
“The safety of motorists and our employees is always the first priority,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “Funds will be spent as necessary for snow removal, incident management and other maintenance needs including pothole patching.”
The snow budget is part of VDOT’s overall $1.8 billion maintenance budget for such expenses as pothole repairs, repaving and other activities. VDOT’s $1.4 billion construction budget will not be impacted by snow removal, pothole repair or other maintenance costs.
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