MoDOT prepares for winter with statewide drill - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

MoDOT prepares for winter with statewide drill

(Source: MoDOT) (Source: MoDOT)
(KFVS) -

Even though temperatures have been above average this fall, the Missouri Department of Transportation is preparing for winter with a statewide drill on Wednesday, November 9.  

The drill tests MoDOT's winter weather plan to get travelers back on roadways as quickly as possible by having employees react to a simulated forecast of significant snow coverage for the entire state. The department's emergency operation centers will activate, maintenance employees will be deployed, and emergency communications systems will be tested. 

In addition to the drill, all maintenance employees will complete an annual winter skills training that serves as a refresher course for plowing snow and every piece of equipment will be inspected to ensure proper operation. 

"Over 3,200 MoDOT employees are involved in our winter operations, including every maintenance crew across the state," stated State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. "The annual drill helps make sure we all know our roles during a storm, and we can do our jobs successfully." 

Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. Crews will deploy after 8 a.m. in rural areas and after 9 a.m. in urban areas. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m. 

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

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Lawyers: Firing squad must be option for condemned killer

    Lawyers: Firing squad must be option for condemned killer

    Sunday, January 21 2018 9:51 AM EST2018-01-21 14:51:21 GMT
    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:22 PM EST2018-01-22 04:22:03 GMT

    Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative.

    Attorneys for a condemned killer whose execution was stopped after 25 minutes of unsuccessful needle sticks are once again recommending the firing squad as an alternative.

  • With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

    With just 3 students, small-town high school closing down

    Sunday, January 21 2018 12:31 PM EST2018-01-21 17:31:46 GMT
    Sunday, January 21 2018 11:22 PM EST2018-01-22 04:22:15 GMT
    Some small towns struggle to keep schools open in the face of dropping enrollment, rising costs and tightening budgets.
    Some small towns struggle to keep schools open in the face of dropping enrollment, rising costs and tightening budgets.
  • FL woman's pit bull attacks 4-year-old girl

    FL woman's pit bull attacks 4-year-old girl

    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-01-20 23:56:11 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-01-21 00:02:40 GMT
    (Source: WESH/CNN)(Source: WESH/CNN)

    Melbourne police say the girl suffered serious puncture wounds all over her body. It happened Thursday afternoon inside of a mobile home on Rolling Rock Drive.

    Melbourne police say the girl suffered serious puncture wounds all over her body. It happened Thursday afternoon inside of a mobile home on Rolling Rock Drive.

Powered by Frankly