A Look At Winter Weather Clean Up Budgets
Lynchburg, VA - When you shovel your sidewalk, it doesn't come at much of a cost. But plowing roadways does. Thousands of dollars are spent state-wide every year to clear roads of ice and snow.
This winter is no exception. Early ice storms brought freezing rain, sleet, and the latest, a wallop of snow.
By February 16, 2013, Danville had accumulated just an inch. February 16, 2014, they're already at eight. In Lynchburg, by mid-February 2013 the city saw three inches of snow, today they're four times that, at 12.
"It's probably been four or five years since we've had a storm to get this deep, this quick" said plow truck driver, Kevin Harris.
The latest February snow storm was a doozy. So what does it all mean for winter weather budgets?
"Every storm we have to treat the same way. Whether it's the two inch snow storm or it's the one that doesn't materialize, we still have to mobilize and we still have to be prepared in the same manner" said Lynchburg VDot Communications Manager, Paula Jones on February 11.
VDot officials say they've spent a third of their allotted winter storm cleanup budget. They have $4.4 million at their disposal to clear more than 15,000 lane miles for 10 counties and two cities. Officials say they're on par and don't expect this winter will be any worse on their wallet.
"So far we have all of our trucks prepared. We're preparing for both a spreader and plow operation" said Gaynelle Hart, Lynchburg's Director of Public Works.
In Lynchburg, storms are tackled with a budget of nearly $188,000, used to pay truck drivers overtime, spread thousands of tons of salt, and clear snow from more than 800 lane miles.
For now it seems, budgets are spot-on and crews are ok.
We won't know exactly how much has been spent until the last winter storm has been cleaned up. But all indications are pointing to VDot and Public Works coming in at or under their budget allowance.