VDOT discusses 2018-2019 winter weather preps

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Norfolk Snow January 2018

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Transportation leaders in Hampton Roads on Tuesday discussed their preparations for the upcoming winter season.

Plows, spreaders, and brine trucks were on display during a news conference held in Norfolk.

William Collier, VDOT’s Hampton Roads district maintenance manager, said, “We are definitely ready for the snow season as much as we can be. Whether it’s 1 inch or 12 inches, we’ll fight it appropriately and do the best we can.”

VDOT’s briefing came as the region is keeping an eye on a system that could bring with it some snow or a wintry mix. Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said in his Tuesday weather blog the system is largely expected to result in rain for Hampton Roads.

There could be a change over to more wintry precipitation Sunday into Monday.

Speaking to 10 On Your Side, Collier talked about improvements VDOT has made for the new season.

“We’ve added just a few trucks to different areas but the issue is the duration of the storm,” Collier said. “Things we’ve improved is our communication with other districts and other contractors to bring in additional resources that we don’t have here in the Hampton Roads area.”

The rural areas like South Hampton, Sussex, Greensville, and Isle of Wight County are also being prepped.

Howell Godfrey, who’s in charge of maintenance in those areas, says last year’s storms were lessons learned.
“We’ve also purchased some more equipment to help us remove the snow especially with snow plows, trucks, and spreaders,” said Godfrey.

A winter storm that hit the Hampton Roads region in January left behind a mess of icy roads for multiple days. The storm forced school districts region-wide to adjust their calendars. 

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