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VDOT preps for winter storm, budget not a concern

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Anna Bletsas and her husband Gus live across the street from the VDOT headquarters on Court House Road.

For years, they've watched as the crews swing into action pre-treating roads and plowing snow after systems move through the area.

"I can see these guys working there all night long getting the equipment ready," Bletsas said.

So far this winter there's been more snow fall than in recent years, putting a sizable dent in the $10,000,000 state budget for preps and removal.

"We've used a little over half of that, so we are watching the budget very closely, but of course if we do continue to get wintry weather, we will just dip into our maintenance funding, general funding," LaGrande said.

LaGrand says it doesn't seem that VDOT will have to dip into that general fund; however, all of that depends on just how much snow falls and the amount of work crews have to sift through.

"We are just continuing to monitor the storms track and see where the temperatures will get extremely cold, where we might be able to pre-treat some roads if it may start out as snow, anything else we won't be able to pre-treat," LaGrande said.

Mountains of sand are already being moved to make the salt water mixture used to prevent roads from freezing. Gus Bletsas and his wife won't be on the roads and advise others to stay home as well.

"Prepare not to drive if you don't have to go somewhere, that why we have a lot of accidents," Bletsas said.

VDOT is expected to solidify a plan of action for the week's expected snow sometime late Tuesday.

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