MODOT, Columbia Crews Ready For Snow

7 years 9 months 2 days ago Wednesday, January 19 2011 Jan 19, 2011 Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:12:32 AM CST January 19, 2011 in News
COLUMBIA - MODOT and Columbia claim they have enough  money to plow and treat the roads when Wednesday's snowstorm hits.  "Past history shows that we use approximately $40 million statewide for snow removal," says MODOT area engineer Alan Trampe, "and that includes everything from salt and the chemicals we use to labor and everything else."  So far, MODOT has spent just shy of $10 million.

MODOT operates 170 snowplows in 13 counties, and Columbia has 18 plows for city streets.

The money that MODOT uses to operate plows and pay employees comes from fuel taxes. It doesn't set a budget for snow cleanup like the city of Columbia.

"We have used about $270,000 so far on salt this fiscal year and we are still okay on our budget. We have a $6.4 million budget for the street division that covers everything that they have to do throughout the year for street maintenance," said Public Information Officer Jill Stedem.

MODOT said keeping the roads clear is the main concern, not money.

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