ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s no snow in the foreseeable future but that won’t stop Missouri transportation officials from sending out hundreds of plow trucks tomorrow.
Missouri Department of Transportation State Maintenance Director Beth Wright calls the second statewide drill a dry run, practice so MoDOT will be able to plan a proper response when the snow does start to fly.
“Sometimes if we hadn’t done that before, the first time out we had broken hoses, and, you know, different connections that wouldn’t work properly and then it was also a really good reminder for our new snow fighters of the obstacles that they’ll face,” she said.
Wright says drivers should know what to do if they encounter a plow on the roadways after a storm.
“Stay back from where they’re plowing snow. If you think about it, they’re plowing a path for you,” she said. “What we see often is people try to pass and then cut very quickly in front of the trucks.”
Wright says when the first snowstorm does arrive, MoDOT will have over 3,000 employees ready to respond with 190,000 tons of salt stockpiled statewide.
In the meantime, don’t be alarmed if you see extra MoDOT trucks driving around tomorrow. The drill will begin around 9:00 a.m.