VDOT Reaches Snow Budget

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Throughout the winter season, Virginia Department of Transportation has been clearing our roads.

Managers at the VDOT said they always budget the best they can, but this year's winter is much bigger than last year.

VDOT budgeted about $11 million for the year, but by the end of this storm, they will have already reached that amount.

Being the first people out the on the roads, they take a lot of precautions to stay safe.

First, the heavy trucks are weighted down making them more stable.

Secondly, often times the tire wheels are chained to create more traction.

The trucks also have temperature readers, letting the drivers know how cold the air, and roads are.

Don Komara, the VDOT's resident engineer, said the trucks have amber lights and reflectors to let people know where they are.

"If you come up on them while they are on the interstate, they are driving a lot slower than the other vehicles out there so you come up on them really quickly so the best thing to do is stay behind them at a good distance," said Komara.

VDOT said, no matter where they are in their budget, that will not stop or alter any of their operations to keep us safe.

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