ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – MoDOT crews statewide including in the St. Louis area spent today making sure they are ready winter by running through a mock snowstorm. They drove plows on every route so workers could make sure they know their areas. Plowing techniques were also reviewed, and every piece of equipment was inspected.
MoDOT says it has new technology this year including more pavement temperature sensors on roads including I-70. The department has also installed three more salt brine makers in the St. Louis area. They call Tuesday`s drill an important warm-up.
“It’s making sure the equipment still works, it`s been in storage for a couple of months, getting all the bugs worked out before the real thing happens- making sure we have everybody`s phone numbers and how to get a hold of everybody,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT’s Maintenance Engineer for the St. Louis district.
MoDOT has more than 200 plows in the St. Louis area. They spend about $42 million dollars annually statewide clearing roads in the winter and keeping drivers safe. This is the second year that MODOT has done a statewide winter readiness drill.