RICHMOND (WRIC) - In the past two weeks, two storms produced accumulating snow, and with more snow forecasted for Monday, VDOT says they are more than halfway past their budget.
Lindsay LeGrand with VDOT says $10.4 million were budgeted for snow removal for the Richmond district this year.
"Two major storms in to the 2013-2014 season and that budgeted money is being used quite fast," she says. "At this point in the snow season, we are at least halfway through our snow removal budget."
Last year VDOT set aside the same $10.4 million for snow removal and at the end of the season they came in under budget at an even 10 million.
But this year, LeGrand says before the season even started they spent $4 million of this year's $10.4 million on equipment upgrades, and the costs of removing snow is also adding up.
"At full mobilization in the Richmond district we spend about a million dollars, a little over, every single day that we're at that particular staffing level.
LeGrand says VDOT is batting a thousand when it comes to their budget
"Within the past 10 years we have not gone over our snow removal budget for the Richmond district.
If VDOT were to go over budget this year, they say they will pull money from their general maintenance fund to continue clearing the streets.
Independent localities such as Richmond and Henrico take care of their own snow removal.
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