Winter is coming and VDOT is ready

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — While Friday and Saturday could bring snow flurries that should not impact Central Virginia roads, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) wanted to make sure drivers knew they were prepared this winter.

“Our focus continues to be the safety of motorists throughout the commonwealth,” VDOT District Maintenance Engineer Steven McNeely said. “Richmond District crews have been preparing tirelessly for winter weather events, conducting dry runs and stocking up on snow removal materials to ensure that area drivers arrive safely to their destinations.”

VDOT has approximately 1,200 pieces of snow removal equipment (300 owned and 900 contracted) available in the Richmond area. That includes snowplows, spreaders, front end loaders, motor graders, and backhoes.

VDOT stated goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after a winter storm ends.

“Crews first begin clearing interstates, primary roads and major secondary roads that connect important public facilities, such as; emergency services, localities, employment hubs, schools, hospitals and military posts,” a VDOT spokesperson said. “Secondary roads and subdivisions with lower traffic volumes will be treated during multi-day storms, but the focus first remains on roads that carry the most traffic.”