VDOT Ready For The Snow

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- As the Valley braces itself for snow, road crews have already been out in force trying to minimize the snow's effects.

Preparations have gone on statewide as Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency.

The Virginia Department of Transportation finished most of its prep work this morning and now crews are gearing up for what likely will be a busy few days.

An important part of the pre-storm preparations includes putting brine down on the roads to help keep the snow and ice from sticking.

Workers also spent the day loading up salt in the trucks and getting ready for a busy night ahead.

With McAuliffe declaring a state of emergency, that adds to the urgency.

"That sort of creates an all-hands-on-deck for state employees. And in this case, we understand the National Guard is going to be of assistance. They could help with some clean-up operations, like if there are downed trees, they do have chainsaw crews that could assist VDOT, and other agencies, with helping keep roadways clear," said Ken Slack, a VDOT spokesman.

Slack also said crews will work 12-hour shifts, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, until the clean-up is finished, which he said could be well into Friday or even Saturday.

As for the cost of everything, Slack said they won't know how much this storm will cost them until well after it's over.

He said they'll likely go over their $11 million snow budget this year, but that doesn't mean they'll stop working.

"We don't change anything about the way we attack these storms. We continue to plow and treat and ensure the safety of our roadways the same in February as we do in November," said Slack.

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