ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- A winter storm is bearing down on the Midwest and MoDOT is taking no chances.
By late Wednesday afternoon officials hope to have all 6400 lane miles in the St. Louis area pretreated. They began pre-treating Tuesday.
Becky Allmeroth is a MoDOT District Engineer, she said, “We’re using a salt brine beet juice mix because the temperatures are going to be a little bit lower were expecting mid twenties could get colder than that we know the brine will not work alone so were adding a little beet juice to it that thickens it up and makes it stick to the road better.”
Allmeroth said 200 trucks and 450 workers were ready to fight the storm. Employees will be working 12 hour shifts if needed. Ice is more difficult to fight than snow. Allmeroth added, “The ice makes more of a bound to the roadway if it’s just snow we have that pretreatment down the snow plows right off when you have the ice it creates more of a bound and we really have to burn it off with the chemicals as opposed to plowing it off so that usually takes more time.”
Ameren Missouri said it has crews standing by and will be deployed as soon as necessary.