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MoDOT Crews Prepare for Winter Operations

The Salty Dog

As winter approaches, MoDOT crews are ready to treat and plow roads.  In the St. Louis district, MoDOT has approximately 500 employees and more than 200 trucks ready to work around the clock for winter operations.

This year, MoDOT has a new piece of truck equipment, the Salty Dog, to help with snow removal. During a snow storm, this truck is able to treat 3 highway lanes with salt brine simultaneously as opposed to up to 2 lanes with a regular snow plow truck.  

During a snow storm department priorities are:

* Roads with the highest traffic volumes are plowed or treated first. These roads include interstates and other heavily traveled state routes, which receive ongoing operations in a storm.

* Lettered and numbered routes with lower traffic volumes are plowed to allow for two-way traffic, with concentration on hills, curves, and intersections. Traffic on these roads may have more snow on them until the higher-volume roads are mostly clear.

As soon as possible after a storm ends, MoDOT’s goal is to return highest traveled routes to mostly clear conditions and to plow and treat the critical areas of hills, curves and intersections on all other routes.

For winter road conditions on major routes across the state, please check our Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/ before traveling.



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