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MoDOT Plans for “Worst Case Scenario” Weather

Brad Choat
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MoDOT St. Louis operation center on February 28, 2014 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

MoDOT St. Louis operation center on February 28, 2014 (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Expecting the Monday morning commute to be hazardous, MoDOT says to talk with your boss about what you should do if travel is not recommended.

“If you have some work that you can grab and take with you, at this point just plan on not being able to make it in Monday morning,” maintenance engineer Becky Allmeroth said. “We’ll do everything we can to fight that storm, but it is going to be a nasty one.”

Allmeroth suggests getting any needed travel done before Saturday evening, as travel from late Saturday through the Monday morning commute could be rough. This will also make it easier for crews to remove snow and put down salt.

She says MoDOT began pre-treating roads Friday and has plenty of salt available for Sunday. On Saturday afternoon, crews will begin working 12-hour shifts. That means more than 500 people with 200 trucks throughout the region.

MoDOT even has contractors lined up to help with snow and ice removal, if needed.

“We’re going to try to tackle it upfront because we think it is going to come in as freezing rain,” Allmeroth said. “The crews are out today getting all the equipment prepared, getting the bugs out of everything and then getting a good layer of pre-treat down.”

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