MoDOT to handle winter storms with beefed up staff

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s gearing up for winter with the hiring of seasonal workers.

The agency plans to bring in up to 700 new employees who’ll assist with storm response and other operations performed in cold weather months.

Becky Allmeroth with MoDOT is concerned drivers will have more difficulty navigating snowy roads in the coming months after last year’s light winter.  She says the department normally does a good job of letting the public know what to expect, but the unpredictability of storms in the state creates challenges.

Missouri also leads the nation with 82 “tow plows”.  This machinery is towed behind the plow truck itself and allows for plowing of two to three lanes of traffic at one time. Allmeroth says several accidents have resulted from drivers not noticing the tow plows and trying to pass the trucks, not realizing the equipment is occupying the lane they’re in.

MODOT is now in the process of hiring seasonal employees and plans to have the personnel in place by the end of September.  Those hired for the winter typically work through the end of February.

Read more: Missourinet

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