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MoDOT prepares for winter with statewide drill

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

Winter weather is not yet in the forecast, but the Missouri Department of Transportation is preparing for the upcoming season. 

MoDOT will hold a statewide drill on Wednesday, November 4. 

"The annual drill helps us make sure we all know our roles during a storm," State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth said. 

The drill will test the departments readiness to take on a winter storm by simulating a forecast of significant snowfall for the entire state. During the drill, emergency centers will activate and MoDOT drivers will be sent to their trucks. 

"One of the most valuable parts of the drill is to measure our snowplow circuits by driving routes we have modified since the previous winter," Allmeroth said. "As we open new roads and lanes we must modify our snow removal plan." 

Drivers may see an increased number of MoDOT vehicles during the drill. Crews in rural areas will start the drill after 8 a.m. Trucks in urban areas won't start until 9 a.m. and the simulation should be done by 3 p.m.

Employees will also brush up on their winter skills at an annual training that serves as a refresher course for plowing snow. 

“Our ultimate goal is to handle the first snowfall like we’ve been plowing snow all year,” said Allmeroth.

MoDOT spends about $47 million every year to keep the roads clear during the winter season. 

For information on road conditions across the state, safe traveling tips, and other winter weather information, visit www.modot.org.

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