MoDOT to Hold Annual Winter Operations Drill Today

Even though MODOT road crews have already been out this year battling winter weather in certain parts of the state, the department will still hold its annual winter operations drill today. Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m.

Natalie Roark, state maintenance director, says the annual drill helps to make sure everyone knows their roles during a winter storm so employees can do their jobs successfully.

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested. In an average winter, MoDOT employees will plow about 6 million miles of snow and ice, which is enough to go to the moon and back 13 times.