March 6, 2014
This year, Virginia cities were slammed with snow statewide and snow removal costs have caused the Virginia Department of Transportation to go over on this year’s snow budget.
“Our snow budget was $157 million and we do expect to exceed that by $100 million for this snow season,” says Tamara Rollison, spokesperson for VDOT.
Snow removal is part of VDOT's statewide maintenance budget of $1.8 billion. Rollison says they have enough funds to cover going over on their snow budget.
“We have the funds necessary for more snow removal operations, to clear ice, to apply salt on roads, to do what we need to do to keep our roads safe, to repair potholes and all other maintenance activities to keep our infrastructure safe.”
However, they will have to adjust funds and some road projects could take a hit.
“Some select paving projects; these are the type of things that will happen in the spring,” says Rollison. “Those projects could still begin on time, but we would stretch the job out, in which we would delay the completion date.”
They could also cut back on overtime for non-emergency situations as well as cut back on purchasing new equipment, but road safety won't be neglected
“We want motorist to know that we have sufficient resources available to take care of snow removal, to take care of potholes and to keep our roads as safe as possible,” says Rollison.
They are also looking at cutting back on using independent contractors for some of the road work, instead they would use VDOT staff to save money.