MoDOT bringing in more crews to battle heavy winter weather

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 11:21 PM

(KMOV.com) -- MoDOT officials are bringing in more trucks from around the state in order to get ready for the winter blast expected to hit the area this weekend and it’s going to cost big bucks to clear all the snow.

MoDOT said around 200 snow plow trucks are in the St. Louis area, but they are bringing in a extra 10 trucks and crews from other parts of the state to help.

The department has 76,000 miles of highway statewide to clear, but they can shift resources when one part of the state is expected to get hit harder.

MoDOT has $40 million budgeted this winter to fight snow and ice which includes $20 million to pay plow drivers, $10 million for supplies and $10 million on fuel and truck repairs.

Local crews will drive 12 hour shifts to clear the snow, but strong winds could blow snow back across the road after snowplows make the initial pass. Since salt doesn’t work very well when temperature get into single digits, MoDOT said the emphasis will be on the snowplows.

“With something like this, the amount of snow, we’re not going to be using a whole lot of material till the end part of the storm, that’s when we start using more chemicals to help clear the road,” said Larry Doelling with MoDOT, “But right now with that amount of snow all we can do is plow.”

MoDOT warns that blowing snow could make it hard to see and drivers should stay home until Sunday saying it could take until after the Monday morning rush to get roads cleared. 

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