VDOT News - Bristol



Michelle Earl 276-696-3283


Nov. 1, 2017

Students in southwest Virginia spruce up VDOT's plows

Photos: (L-R) Click here to see all 19 VDOT snow plows painted by students in southwestern Virginia.


BRISTOL— When the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) snow plows pass houses this winter, people will see more than snow flying thanks to area students.

VDOT’s Paint-a-Plow activity is a new statewide initiative that partners VDOT with area schools to allow students to use the metal snow plow as their canvas.

In early fall, VDOT’s area headquarters dropped the plows off at area schools for the art projects to begin.

“We appreciate the schools and the children taking time to participate in the Paint-a-Plow activity,” said Randy Hamilton, P.E., VDOT Bristol District Engineer. “Our plow operators will be extremely proud to show off their artwork this snow season.”

VDOT thanks the following schools for participating in the 2017 Paint-a-Plow activity:

Abbs Valley Elementary (Tazewell)

Belfast Elementary (Russell)

Castlewood Elementary (Russell)

Cedar Bluff Elementary (Tazewell)

Chilhowie Elementary (Smyth)

Copper Creek Elementary (Russell)

Duffield Primary (Scott)

Highpoint Elementary (Washington)

Honaker Elementary (Russell)

Lebanon Elementary (Russell)

Lebanon Primary (Russell)

North Tazewell Elementary (Tazewell)

Raven Elementary (Tazewell) Richlands Elementary (Tazewell)

Springville Elementary (Tazewell)

Tazewell Elementary (Tazewell)

Tazewell Co. Career and Tech Ctr.

Union High School (Wise)

With the success of this year’s Paint-a-Plow activity, staff with the 12-county VDOT Bristol District hopes to expand the program next year. If your school has interest in participating, please call 1-800-FOR-ROAD.


Upcoming Snow Season

VDOT is ready for Old Man Winter when he decides to come calling.

Staffing, equipment and materials are in place for snow when it starts to fall.

“We prepare for winter year round,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick. “Our crews have the staff, materials and equipment in place to battle winter weather when it arrives.”

Bristol District snow removal resources:

  • Approximately $20 million set aside for winter weather in the 12-County VDOT Bristol District (statewide: $210 million)

  • More than 1,000 pieces of snow-removal equipment, including trucks, loaders and motor graders

  • More than 96,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives and more than 165,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.VDOT is responsible for clearing snow from all state-maintained roads in Virginia. Incorporated cities and towns clear their own streets.Snow-removal crews work around the clock until conditions are safe for travel. In general, VDOT works to clear interstate and primary highways first, followed by secondary highways (routes number 600 and up).Depending on the severity of the storm, VDOT works to have all routes passable within 48 hours of when the snow stops. Motorists can call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org to learn about road conditions in any area of the state. (END)

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