MoDot officials: funding drop won't affect snow removal process - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

MoDot officials: funding drop won't affect snow removal process

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri Department of Transportation is facing a drop in funding, which comes after voters shot down a tax extension back in November.

The budget crunches will impact regular maintenance and new road construction but MoDot officials say the lack of funding won't affect the way roads are cleared when winter weather hits.

Before the clouds come and the snow falls, MoDot crews are on the roads getting ready for what's yet to come.

“Filling the tanks to go on out with salt brine,” Maintenance worker Jimmy Pletka said as he worked.

Pletka says it's always first things first.

“We hit the majors, such as the interstate, Highway 72,” Pletka said.

It's a routine that MoDot leaders say hasn't changed this year and likely won't, for at least a few years.

“They won't notice anything different this year from what they did last year,” Engineer Matt Seiler said.

Seiler says while the drop in funding will soon also drop the amount of regular road maintenance and new construction, the way crews clear roads during winter storms will stay the same.

And as far as the so called salt shortage, the mild winter has certainly helped out.

“We are looking good for now, we have plenty left for now,” Pletka said.

“We start out every winter with about 20,000 tons of salt. We've used about 1,800 this year. So, we still got quite about of salt,” Seiler said.

Even though we might not all agree with Pletka when it comes to wanting snow, MoDot workers say they're prepared for whatever the rest of winter might have in store…

“I was hoping for another year like last year,” Pletka said.

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

    Saturday, July 21 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-07-21 22:13:06 GMT
    Sunday, July 22 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-07-22 20:25:47 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People view a row of idled duck boats in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Branson, Mo. One of the company's duck boats capsized Thursday night resulting in several deaths on Table Rock Lake.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

    Since 1999, duck boats have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people, with a troubled safety record on the road and water alike.

  • Woman accused of sending meth in mail to Allred Unit

    Woman accused of sending meth in mail to Allred Unit

    Friday, July 20 2018 3:49 PM EDT2018-07-20 19:49:06 GMT
    Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)
    Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)Sara Russell is accused of sending meth in a card meant to be delivered to an inmate at the James V. Allred Unit in Wichita Co. (Source: WCSO)

    A woman from Katy, Texas has been booked into the Wichita Co. Jail and charged with Prohibited Substance and Item in Correctional Facility.  

    A woman from Katy, Texas has been booked into the Wichita Co. Jail and charged with Prohibited Substance and Item in Correctional Facility.  

  • Tornado touches down in east AL Saturday night

    Tornado touches down in east AL Saturday night

    Sunday, July 22 2018 3:48 PM EDT2018-07-22 19:48:42 GMT
    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika. (Source: WSFA 12 News)A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika.

    A tornado touched down Saturday night in central Lee County, on the southeast side of Opelika.

Powered by Frankly