RICHMOND (WRIC) - VDOT emergency operations ended Friday night after four days of non-stop work on the roads.
It started the winter season with $10.4 million for snow removal, which covers materials like salt and sand used to treat roads before, during and after the storm.
"For operating costs, making sure that the crews are paid. Contractors are out there. We have a lot of hired help to help us. So a lot goes into it," says spokesperson Lindsay LeGrand.
LeGrand says after the first two major storms of the year, they had already spent most of that money.
"Right before this last storm, we had spent $10 million. So we were approaching maxing out our budget for this particular snow season."
This week cost the department a little more than $1 million each day.
"This is actually a really active year for Virginia, especially these past weeks have been very active for our area, so that's why we've gone over the budget at least for this snow season."
The snow removal budget is part of a larger maintenance budget, so LeGrand says they can adjust other projects if they need to.
"We treat snow removal as an emergency response mechanism. So if we need to dip into the maintenance funding, we certainly will while still being conservative with our resources, we're just making sure we keep the roads safe and passable for all of the traveling public."
VDOT in our area has 3,000 pieces of equipment available. That includes VDOT itself and hired contractors.
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