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Despite staffing shortages, MoDOT snowplows are ready

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 5:13 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) -Officials at MoDOT have been working to recruit as many drivers as they can, but they are still several hundred short.

Brian Untiedt says they have been working to make sure the vehicles are staffed and ready to go so they can respond accordingly to the snowfall.

Despite the staffing shortage, they have a few more drivers ready to go thanks in part to the snowfall earlier in the month.

“The last storm was really good for getting some of our newer people trained up. That’s one of the things that does affect the first storm of the year is training,” Untiedt said.

In order to get drivers ready to plow snow, they not only have to shadow experienced drivers, but they also have to have an experienced driver accompany them on their first job.

However, due to the staffing shortage, they will have to prioritize some roads over another.

“Our goal is to keep our plows on the road to keep the major routes, the priority ones, flowing. And we understand that those priority two routes. If you live on that, that’s your priority route too. And we are doing the best we can to get down to them,” Untiedt said.

Priority one routes are routes like highways, while priority two routes include lettered routes and blacktop’s.

Untiedt says that they will try to plow those priority two routes during snowfall, but will mostly likely get to them after the snow stops falling. They will be adding salt to them to keep them de-iced.

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