Earlier this week, VDOT hosted a seminar on snow removal in Virginia. Here are some of the highlights:
VDOT (NOVA) is responsible for 17,737 lane miles in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties (Arlington County maintains its own secondary roads). About half of those miles are highways, and half are neighborhood streets. In northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for interstates and high-volume roads such as routes 1, 7, 15, 28, 50, and the Fairfax County Parkway, and another program for subdivisions. During winter weather, crews work on both concurrently.
The budget for last year’s winter was $63 million, but $152 million was spent. This year’s budget is $52 million. This comes out of the overall statewide maintenance budget of approximately $1.5 billion.
Once again, you can track your snowplow online! Once is snows over 2 inches, you can get on vdotplows.org to monitor the status of plowing. All you need to do is enter your address and a color-coded snow map pops up and shows whether plowing is underway, completed or not yet started in your neighborhood.
This year there are more than 4,000 trucks and plows available. All are equipped with automatic vehicle locator (AVL) equipment (so you can track your snow plow).
VDOT’s Winter Resources
- See the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods: www.vdotplows.org
- Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
- Report unplowed roads: firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-367-7623
- More details on Northern Virginia snow removal