Salt Crews Clean Slick Surfaces
But for now, Embrey clears ice-slick roads this winter with his truck.
"It's got a cinder spreader in the back of it that runs off of hydraulic," he explained. "[On] Interstate 70, I'm running the west end, which is from Lake of the Woods to Stadium [Boulevard]."
It's all part of Embrey's 12-hour workday.
"Go home and get freshened up a little bit, go to bed and, the next thing you know, it's time to come back to work," he said.
Then, Embrey checks and rechecks his routes, watching for ice patches.
"If the moisture's just right on it, and it tries to refreeze, we have to be ready to go out there and give it another shot," he added.
Sometimes, Embrey can't see icy spots, so he checks another way.
"I have parked a truck over on the shoulder and got out and scooted around to see what kind of shape it was in," he explained. "It started out pretty nice there, now it's turned bad like this. I know everyone's been saying we're due for a bad winter, so this might be it."
Embrey's truck spreads mostly cinders to provide more traction on slick surfaces. MoDOT trucks will switch to salt or calcium chloride if the weather gets worse.