ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The Missouri Department of Transportation has started their final preparations for the upcoming winter season.
MoDOT simulated a major snow storm forecast and required crews to report to their plows to load up to run the route during a drill on Wednesday.
“We are prepared to have another winter like we had last year,” said Dusty Henson, one of the MoDOT crew leaders.
Henson has been operating plows for 14 years and says the dry run helps alleviate first snow jitters.
“It’s nice to get behind the wheel of the truck with a plow on it and just shake the rust loose and get a feeling for where the plow’s at,” Henson said.
MoDOT has already filled all of its tents and domes with salt and loaded up on beet juice at an even stiffer cost than previous years.
“Did it hit our budget? Yes,” Henson said. “The cost of salt last year was expensive. This year we saw a slight increase in the price of salt but are full at all of our locations with salt.”
Another round of snow drills will take place Thursday morning. MoDOT says every driver in the state of Missouri will have practiced their route by the end of the day.