Nov 17, 2022

It wasn't much of a snow, but MoDOT crews got a taste of what's ahead

Posted Nov 17, 2022 6:01 PM
Missouri Department of Transportation snowplows were out in force Monday night into Tuesday morning clearing roads following the first snow of the year/ Photo courtesy of MoDOT
Missouri Department of Transportation snowplows were out in force Monday night into Tuesday morning clearing roads following the first snow of the year/ Photo courtesy of MoDOT

By MATT PIKE

St. Joseph Post

As the first snow of the winter fell earlier this week, the Missouri Department of Transportation got to put their preparedness to the test.

Assistant District Engineer Troy Slagle says though with not that much snow on the road, MoDOT's newer drivers didn't get the time behind the wheel they hoped for in the first event

"Where you're actually having to push snow off the road, so, we'll still have to have those training sessions here in the future at future events," Slagle tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. "This storm was really the road temperature was warm enough that a lot didn't accumulate on the road itself, it mainly accumulated on bridges and overpasses."

Slagle says crews have been preparing for the winter weather since October, gathering materials and getting vehicles ready to hit the roads.

Slagle says for future events, MoDOT crews begin scouting where snow may fall, preparing to send out crews ahead of any snow events

"We start trying to figure out what the best strategy to attack the event to attack the event is and where it's going to hit," Slagle explains. "At about 48 hours out we start having meetings to discuss different strategies that we want to do and keep our eye on the forecast."

Slagle says during those meetings is when they will discuss how many drivers need to be sent to the location where the snow is falling to get roads cleared.

As snow plows with the Missouri Department of Transportation cleared the roads earlier this week, officials say they thankfully avoided any accidents.

Slagle says no accidents occurred with any MoDOT trucks, mostly because the time the snow fell was late night Monday into early Tuesday morning.

"Most of the event took place after 7pm and kind of ended, you know went through the night, and ended early morning so, not a lot of traffic out there," Slagle says. "So, that's ideal as to have your trucks out there when you don't have a lot of traffic."

Slagle says if you do run into trucks clearing the roads with flashing lights to be careful while passing them, especially on two lane highways, and to decrease your speed and following distance to avoid any accidents.