Winter Storms Exhausting VDOT's Budget

March 5, 2014

Primary roads in Central Virginia are mostly clear of snow and ice, but some of the back roads still need some work.

All that snow removal is hurting Virginia Department of Transportation’s budget.

The cost of all the salt and removal efforts is adding up fast.

In worst cases, it can add up to about $1 million an hour.

One VDOT representative says the winter weather has already blown away the budget.

"Our budget for this year started out at $63 million, but right now it looks like it's going to be closer to about $150 when we get done,” says Branco Vlacich, with VDOT. “More than double the budget and there's still a few weeks of winter left."

VDOT says they will continue to plow roads through the winter, but they will have to cut back on maintenance come spring.

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