The forecasters are predicting a large snow fall this weekend, possibly as big as the storm we had in December. It must be bad because Governor McDonnell has already called for a state of emergency.
I want to remind you that VDOT simply does not have enough equipment for immediate action in all areas in this kind of storm. To purchase enough equipment for a storm of this magnitude would not be financially prudent. Storms like these are rare, so if we had enough equipment to knock all of the plowing out in two days, all the equipment would sit idle for 99% of the time, thus wasting your state tax dollars. Instead, the approach is to hire private contractors on an as needed basis. We learned a lot from December’s storm. Some contractors are great and some are not.
Last time, after giving VDOT 48 hours to get to the residential streets, neighbors called our office to let us know if they were not plowed. We then informed VDOT of the streets that needed to be plowed. This system worked fairly well and I propose we do this again.
After the storm was over, my office did an analysis and asked VDOT to institute an accountability system for their independent contractors. (Personally, I think some of the contractors just didn’t show up.) As a result, VDOT has implemented a new system of accountability for future snow storms.
It takes VDOT 24 hours to plow the primary streets (highways, main roads) and it takes another 24-48 hours for the secondary and residential streets to be plowed. I ask that you wait 48 hours from the time the snow ends to contact me if your road has not received at least one pass through by a plow. I will then contact VDOT and inform them of the situation. If you or a neighbor has a medical problem which mandates a visit to a doctor or hospital, contact me immediately.
You can contact me at Deldalbo@house.virginia.gov or leave a message on my legislative line at (703) 451-3555. We will check it 3 times a day.
Also, for your information, on my web site, you can link to VDOT’s road conditions web site: