READY FOR WINTER? MoDOT sends trucks out on test run

Published: Nov. 7, 2019 at 11:02 AM CST
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You may see several snow plows on the roads around the Springfield area.

MoDOT crews statewide are preparing for the winter weather to come during the annual winter weather drill.

The Springfield facility features a fleet of 27 trucks. Crews check all the equipment to make sure it's ready to go for winter operations. Some drivers are driving different trucks. Others have new routes or are new to the job.

Each driver gets a chance to take out their truck and run their route. One group headed out at 8 a.m. Another shift goes out after lunch. They believe it's important for drivers to have a practice run before the first winter storm arrives.

"From year to year, with road construction and things that happen during the summer, there's new obstacles," said Cody Jones, MoDot assistant maintenance supervisor. "There could be new turns, a lot of different things that could change from one year to the next, so it's good that we get to go out on their route, take all the time we need to see what's going on, the changes that have been made, and so on and so forth."

With temperatures dropping, MoDOT did send out some trucks actually loaded with salt at about 4:30 a.m. monitoring bridges and overpasses.

We asked about the cost of the drill. A MoDot spokesperson says they won't have a number for several days, but it really doesn't cost much, because the drill is done during regular business hours when staff are already working.