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VDOT Preps For Significant Snow, Messy Roads on Monday

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Despite being over budget for snow removal this year, VDOT says it is gearing up for the approaching storm. Despite being over budget for snow removal this year, VDOT says it is gearing up for the approaching storm.

RICHMOND (WRIC)—On Sunday morning, dozens of Virginia Department of Transportation employees dialed in to a conference call to discuss preparations for the approaching winter storm. Richmond and most of Central Virginia is expected to be blanketed with snow Monday, and officials are gearing up to make sure the roadways are ready.

During the call, VDOT leaders and infrastructure managers pinpointed where the greatest need for their services will be, as well as a specific breakdown for each district.

VDOT has already gone over budget this year on snow removal. Each year, the agency sets aside about $10 million for winter storm clean up. So far, it has exceeded that budget by about $3.4 million.

But the agency says the budget shortfall won't impact its plans for tomorrow.

"The most important thing to remember is that we treat snow removal as emergency response. That is our number one concern," explains VDOT spokesperson Lindsay Legrand.

When winter is over, VDOT says it will look into scaling back on other projects.

Legrand says VDOT trucks are ready and being loaded with salt and sand ahead of the storm. Contract workers are also being put on standby.

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