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Staff rotations could delay clearing of snow and ice roads in Missouri

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – Crews continue to work and prepare roads for the snow we anticipate in our area. MoDOT just held a press conference on winter activities at the transportation management center. This is likely to be the first plowable snow for the region’s road builders this season, and due to warmer temperatures the snow last night and this morning will be wetter.

Thousands of tons of salt were poured at the headquarters of the St. Louis. Officials said 35 to 40 city trucks landed on the streets of St. Louis as the storm moved in. The city did not pre-treat it due to rain before it snowed. That will delay the treatment.

MoDOT teams spent days in brine on the road. They will have a full crew ready when the time comes. That means about 200 MoDOT trucks could be on the roads in the area.

However, MoDOT warned that it could take longer than usual for crews to clear traffic because of staff shortages due to revenue and illness, including COVID.

In Illinois, Joe Monroe with IDOT said teams have pre-treated the bridges and will also conduct additional treatment. Monroe told us he had teams put the salt down when the rain was expected to start before the snow fell. He said salt mixed with rainwater would make saline for another course of treatment. Monroe expected 140 to 150 trucks out of the storm.

MoDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads when possible. Since the department is short of hundreds of workers, that will affect how long it takes to clear their lines. Because we had rain before it snowed, MoDOT couldn’t handle many things in advance, they just used road salt.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/staff-turnover-may-delay-clearing-missouri-roads-of-snow-and-ice/ Staff rotations could delay clearing of snow and ice roads in Missouri

Huynh Nguyen

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