Local Cities Still Have Money For Snow Removal

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The sidewalks are clear after an overnight snowfall.

One of many snowfalls that has the Virginia Department of Transportation and cities in the Valley spending more money to keep you safe on the streets.

So far, it has been a winter that already has seen snow batter much of the country.

In the Valley, those who help keep our streets clear are thankful it hasn't been too bad.

"The storms, the events we've had so far, have been relatively mild and luckily they didn't materialize into what they could have," said Thomas Sliwoski, Staunton's director of public works.

The snow and ice we have seen has kept road crews busy.

"We typically budget for the City of Staunton about $90,000 a year for salt and typically in July we buy about half of that quantity," said Sliwoski.

VDOT Staunton District reports having used more than $9.5 million of its $11 million budget for snow removal.

The cities of Harrisonburg and Staunton both said they are in good shape going forward.

"We're somewhat about a third of the way into the season, we've not really blown our budget at all because we're constantly reprogramming, managing, evaluating money and resources," said Sliwoski.

Every flake that falls, every piece of salt crunched underfoot and every dollar it takes to pay for it bring new meaning to the term "snow bank."

A spokesman for VDOT said while they've almost reached their budgeted amount for snow removal, it's considered an emergency operation, so they can get money from other areas in the budget if they need to.

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