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Road crews using different methods to clear roads

Snowy weather caused slick spots on both city streets and rural highways Wednesday night.  

Road crews say while a couple inches of snow doesn't look like a lot, it's still enough to create major problems.  That's why both Quincy Central Services and MoDOT crews were out early to try to keep the roads as safe as possible.

As soon as the snow hit, both MoDOT and Quincy crews loaded their trucks and took to the streets.  While their goals are the same, their methods are different.  MoDOT Maintenance Supervisor Robert Deters said getting the snow off the highways is a major priority.
"We're just trying to plow the roads and keep them clean," Deters said. "That way if it continues to snow and we start getting some pack and the roads are starting to get a little glazed, we'll have to treat them."
What works on rural highways isn't necessarily best for city streets.  Because the snow is light and fluffy, Central Services drivers were told to primarily treat the roads and not plow unless necessary.  Driver Jimmy Young said that's because there are more obstacles in the city.
"Vehicles parked along the street or parking along the street and the pedestrians that do get out and run in the early mornings or walk and then the vehicles going to and from their destinations," Young said.     
Even though their methods may be different, the two snow plow drivers have the same message.
"Take caution, slow down and get to where you need to go," Young said.

"Basically just watch your speed and keep everything in a speed you can control," Deters said.

Both MoDOT and Central Services planned to clear roads through the night.
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