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VDOT Prepares for Impending Snow Storm

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—Thousands of VDOT trucks are hitting the pavement, getting roads ready for Wednesday's big snowstorm.

All day long trucks have been coming and going.

Obviously plows aren't needed yet, but other precautionary steps are being taken to make sure the streets remain as clear as possible.

"We're gassing up our trucks, loading them with salt and sand, ready for the first flakes to fall," said Lindsay LeGrand, communications coordinator at the Virginia Department of Transportation.

VDOT crews are ready for whatever may fall from the sky, and workers are prepping busy roads. They've been gearing up for this storm since early Tuesday morning.

"We've actually had all hands on deck making sure that all the materials are properly distributed," LeGrand said.

Materials like snow plows, trucks, and tons and tons of salt and sand.

"We've been getting orders in for the last couple of weeks to make sure that we've replenished the amount of salt and sand that is needed," LeGrand said.

Crews have spent all day mixing up the brine solution that will go out on the roads.  That's loaded onto trucks, which then take it out and spread it on the roads. The tanks on the trucks can hold about 6,000 gallons of this brine solution.

This year, the VDOT Richmond district budgeted about $10.5 million for snow and ice removal, but more than half of that fund has already been used.

"So, this particular storm could put us over budget and if that happens, we'll certainly dip into our maintenance funds," LeGrand said.

VDOT says snow removal isn't about money; it's about keeping people safe.

"The most important thing to remember is at the end of the day, we're going to have the roads clear," LeGrand said.

VDOT also has tree trimmers on standby in case any large limbs fall onto the street.

 

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