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MoDOT crews around the state prepare for snow removal

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

You may have seen one or many MoDOT vehicles with snow plows out Wednesday without any snow on the ground.  Well that's because MoDOT already training for winter weather.

For the first time ever, MoDOT districts across the state held a drill where all officials simulated a snowfall event.  One MoDOT driver said the preparation is crucial for MoDOT drivers.

"If you get out here and you ain't run your route and there's snow covering curbs and stuff you won't know where they're at. It's a good time to be able to write down and have the plow out here with us and actually see what you're going to be running up against," said MoDOT Driver Junior Muehring.  

As Muehring drove his roughly 25 mile winter route, he went into further detail of which roads he's responsible for.

"My truck that I drive, we take care of the majors with it," he said.

The majors referring to major routes, such as highway 61.  And while there may not be any snow on the ground, or any clouds in the sky, MoDOT supervisors are on the phone acting as if this was a snow storm.

"Receiving air temperature of 22 and road temperature of 25, receiving some blowing snow," Northeast MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent Heath Otte said as he described a situation to other MoDOT officials.   

Otte is in charge of Marion, Ralls, and North Pike Counties. While all vehicles are being run and inspected, Otte wants to make sure that drivers at home take the same precautions when the first snow storm comes to Northeast Missouri.

"When there's a snow event, allow extra time to get to your destination. If it means leaving a half an hour early to allow for extra time for the travel with the road conditions," Otte said.

MoDOT spends about $42 million to keep roads clear during the winter.  For more information on safe traveling tips or road conditions in your area, click on this link.

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