VDOT prepares for winter, specifically snow

Posted at 4:00 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 17:29:10-04

HAMPTON, Va. - The Virginia Department of Transportation is thinking winter, specifically snow. 159 VDOT trucks for Hampton Roads are undergoing inspection and final checks Friday. That way when snow hits, the trucks can hit the road.

“It’s kind of a final, we’re good to go we’re ready for snow," said Brian Mosier, the district infrastructure manager for VDOT in Hampton Roads. 

VDOT has 28,851 tons of salt and 17,000 tons of sand currently on hand. They are also prepping 170,000 tons of their biggest preventative measure against black ice.

“Our big moneymaker over the last three, four years is our brine. So we’ve been putting that down in advance just to prep for it," said Mosier. 

That plus new technology in the trucks will help trucks keep streets clear this winter.

“We’ve invested in LED Lights, So we’re putting better lighting on some of our snow plows for better visibility, a little safer out there," said Mosier. 

In 2015, a few inches of snow fell and caused big problems including cars spinning and closed schools. After inspections, operators will run their routes Friday and be ready for whatever comes this winter.

“We walk away after we’ve done a dry run for an area headquarters and that headquarters is good to go. If it snows tomorrow, we’re confident we’re good to go," said Mosier.