O’FALLON, MO (KTVI)– The city of O’Fallon, Missouri recently took eight of their plow trucks out of service, because they were in bad shape. Right now they have 45 trucks and at least half of them are more than 10 years old.
City crews also started pretreating the roads early Wednesday morning with their beet juice/salt mixture for drivers. O’fallon Communications Director Tom Drabelle says the city is prepared for the weather.
“We are pretty close to a full fleet at a level 4 response and for a storm like tonight we are actually at a level 3 response. We have more than enough trucks to handle it. We started a fleet replacement program 2 years ago to help get our fleet more modern an up to date, we are doing that every year to get new trucks and replace old ones,” said Drabelle.
The city recently hired a new fleet manager to oversee the new and old trucks, and officials ultimately plan to have all of their trucks up to speed within the next two years. Four new replacement trucks are expected to arrive by the end of the month. Crews cover more than 700 miles of road in the area.