The Missouri Department of Transportation is getting ready to treat Missouri’s nearly 34 thousand miles of state routes. In the coming weeks, crews will inspect equipment, make necessary repairs, review snowplow routes, and refresh their skills with training. Randy Alber is Central district maintenance engineer with MoDot and says getting personnel and equipment is job one.
Alber says the real strategy is the management of the staff of drivers and the many routes they will have to cover.
Alber says when it comes to Missouri roads priority one are major highways all the way down to rural roads.
Alber says when drivers on Missouri roads show consideration to the plow drivers it goes along way in making the job get done.
While the department’s 2,400 maintenance employees will be ready to plow, if a big regional or statewide storm hits, MoDOT must rely on some extra help. Each year the department recruits emergency snowplow operators to fill the gaps and get the job done. MoDOT is now hiring emergency operators to work in all parts of the state, including both urban and rural areas. MoDOT requires all applicants for the emergency operator positions to be at least 18 years old and possess a commercial driver’s license, Class A or B, with no airbrake restrictions.