Va. Goes Over Budget on Highway Snow Removal

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A convoy of plow trucks clear a path on Interstate 66 during a major snowstorm February 13, 2014 in Manassas, Virginia. The biggest storm of the season dumped a thick snow blanket on the Washington, DC area overnight and early Thursday, shutting down the federal government, local schools, courts and government offices, airports and Metros bus service. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A convoy of plow trucks clear a path on Interstate 66 during a major snowstorm February 13, 2014 in Manassas, Virginia. The biggest storm of the season dumped a thick snow blanket on the Washington, DC area overnight and early Thursday, shutting down the federal government, local schools, courts and government offices, airports and Metros bus service. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia highway officials say the state is likely to exceed its $157 million snow removal budget by more than $100 million.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said in a news release Wednesday that it will have to move some money around in its overall maintenance budget to cover the costs of dealing with the exceptionally harsh winter. Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says VDOT still has adequate resources to ensure that the highways are safe and well maintained.

VDOT’s overall maintenance budget of $1.8 billion covers such expenses as pothole repairs and repaving. Officials are considering delaying completion of some repaving projects, limiting use of some outside contractors, restricting overtime and postponing new equipment purchases.

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