No Snow, But MoDOT Still Busy
So far this winter, mid-Missouri has recorded about three and a half inches of snow, that's a foot and a half less than the average season total. But, Missouri's Department of Transportation said the cutback in snow plowing has not led saved much money.
"But really, the savings aren't that monetary," explained Mike Anderson, MoDOT engineer, "especially with the salary and equipment because, simply, what will happen is the crews do other work."
So, crews fill potholes, resurface roads and clear ditches. Trucks still go out almost every morning to salt streets and fight frost, a big part of the road budget. MoDOT spent $1.3 million for salt last year. This year, the department estimated it will cost less than one-third as much, or about $400,000.
Private snow plow companies also do a lot of other outside work in mild weather to cover the loss of snow-clearing jobs.