The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is ready for snow season with plow-tracking technology, expanded monitor program, and a one-stop shop for online resources that is available for residents to use. VDOT has budgeted $84.9 million for snow removal in Northern Virginia this winter, and the agency's state and contracted fleet is ready with 120,000 tons of salt; 250,000 gallons of brine; 25,000 tons of sand; and 4,500 vehicles (97 percent of fleet is contracted).
Highlights for Snow Season 2017-2018
- One stop-shop for resources: Visit www.virginiadot.org/novaemergency to access all of VDOT's online information resources, including important messages and updates, news releases, and links to the customer service center, 511, and vdotplows.org.
- Monitor program: This year, 180 VDOT employees will ride the roads to monitor road conditions and snowplow progress, and more than 30 employees will monitor remotely via the automatic vehicle locator (AVL) equipment.
How You Can Help and Resources:
- Monitor forecasts frequently;
- Adjust commutes, telework, and avoid driving if possible;
- Park in driveways or park on the odd-numbered side of the street.
- Do not shovel driveway until plows have come through;
- Have enough gas, wiper fluid, proper tires, medication, and an emergency car kit;
- Be patient: crews need time and room to work.