VDOT Exceeds Snow-Removal Budget, Says Won't Affect Overall Maintenance Budget

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Virginia Department of Transportation has gone over its statewide snow-removal budget for the year; however this won't affect its maintenance projects around the area, such as repairing potholes.

VDOT's Communications Department said their statewide snow-removal budget was set for $157 million and that number has already been exceeded by about $60 million. This number could continue to change, depending on mother nature.

Leaders with VDOT said safety will continue to be their number one priority as they plan to continue repairing any potholes, or other maintenance issues, as usual. Now, VDOT is looking at how to adjust the statewide maintenance budget, to compensate for the snow-removal costs.

VDOT's snow budget is based on the average of past winters. Some, like last year, were milder and came in under budget. That unspent money went back into the overall maintenance budget, to be used elsewhere.

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