MoDOT to hold winter weather drill Wednesday

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(KPLR)- Winter weather will be here before we know it and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to be ready. On Tuesday, MoDOT will test its readiness for the upcoming winter with a statewide drill on Nov. 5.

During the drill, MoDOT employees will respond as if there has been a forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance trucks will be deployed. The drill will test MoDOT’s plans so they can be ready to get travelers back on the roads as quickly as possible after an ice and/or snow storm.

Drivers may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state roads during the drill. In rural areas, crews will start around 8:00am. In  the cities, the drill will not begin until after 9:00am. The drill will take about six hours.

In a statement, State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright said, “Our ultimate goal is to handle the first snowfall like we’ve been plowing snow all year.”

For information on road conditions across Missouri, visit www.modot.org.