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Winter prep: VDOT has millions in place for snow removal

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Snowflakes will be flying soon enough and the Virginia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday equipment upgrades and repairs to make sure trucks are ready have already taken place.

VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick said preparation for winter happens year round for the state's highway agency, including preparing staff and materials for winter weather.

The state budget has $210 million allocated for snow removal in the coming months, the report said.

Snow removal resources include:

More than 2,500 VDOT crewmembers in addition to contractors available for snow removal statewide. More than 12,300 pieces of snow-removal equipment, including trucks, loaders and motor graders. More than 689,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives and more than 1.6 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

If snowfall totals reach 2-inches or higher, VDOT activates an online neighborhood tracking map to let residents see where snow plows or contractors are clearing the roads in real time thanks to vehicle location technology equipped on each truck.

That map can be viewed by clicking here.

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