MoDOT Breaks Out Snowplows for Statewide Drill

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Department of Transportation crews are firing up their snowplows today, but there’s no need to panic.

MoDOT’s Linda Wilson Horn tells KMOX it’s not in anticipation of an incoming storm – this is their annual statewide drill.

“It’s an opportunity for us to simulate a storm that’s coming in and how our crews would respond to it,” Horn says.

She says this will help ensure that plow drivers are familiar with thousands of miles of roadway ahead of time and any changes from last winter, such as taking a look at the location of curbs, mailboxes and driveways.

“Just get familiar with things in nice weather instead of dealing with it for the first time when there’s snow on the ground,” Horn says.

She says MoDOT will always answer the bell to clear the roads after winter storms.

There are currently over 220,000 tons of road salt on hand state-wide in preparation for the coming winter.

The state laid down 213,000 tons of road salt last winter.

Unfortunately, the more resources MoDOT has to spend battling snow, the less it has to fix roads the following spring due to dwindling resources.

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