Taking care of the roads during the storm takes a lot of manpower, equipment, and supplies. We are getting an updated look at just how expensive this winter has been for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Going into Monday, the agency says it has spent millions of dollars more than it initially planned on. Even though we could probably count the major snow events on one hand, VDOT still has to hit the road for the clippers and the dusters and that contributes to numbers climbing throughout the year.
The Culpeper district, which includes nine counties from Fauquier down to southern Albemarle, budgeted $10.2 million for snow, but it's estimated that a total of $16 million was spent.
The big picture is that snow removal is a line item within the department's overall maintenance budget, which is about $1.8 billion. Overspending for snow means that other projects could get put on the back-burner.
But even when the snow stops, VDOT's work isn't done. It will then focus on winter-related projects such as dealing with potholes and flooding problems.
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