McDonnell: Va. Will Do 'Whatever is Necessary' to Clear Roads

By: John Rodgers Email
By: John Rodgers Email
After less than a month on the job, Gov. Bob McDonnell already enacted two states of emergency for winter weather. The latter comes as the Virginia Department of Transportation has already spent 94 percent of its budget.

Photo Courtesy Office of the Governor.

February 5, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell hasn't been on the job a month yet, so this storm is one of the first challenges he faces.

On Wednesday, he declared a state of emergency in Virginia to speed up the response.

The National Guard has been called up to help if needed, along with several other state agencies.

The storm comes at a tough time financially for the Virginia Department of Transportation, which has exhausted 94 percent of its snow removal budget halfway through the winter.

McDonnell spoke one-on-one with CBS19. Here is some of what he had to say:

"The law allows a sum-sufficient amount of money to be used at the state level for snow removal because it's such a matter of public safety," McDonnell said. "Even though we have a budgeted amount, we're certainly authorized to go over that to use whatever is necessary out of the transportation, maintenance and operations fund to clear the roads because contractors are on the job. The VDOT trucks have been dispatched. The roads have been pre-treated and now the plows are beginning to work in those areas that are necessary."

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