by Brendan Cullerton
The Missouri Department of Transportation practiced snow removal Tuesday, Oct. 30, although there was no snow anywhere in the state.
The department spent an estimated $70,000 on fuel, according to State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright.
MoDOT sent plows on their usual routes to become familiar with the routes and practice radio communication.
Wright said Missouri has the seventh largest highway system in the U.S., and that MoDOT vehicles traveled about 117,000 miles Tuesday.
“I think it’s a great investment in the training of our staff so that we can safely remove snow and do our winter operations,” Wright said.
Wright said the event was planned over a month ago and was in response to Missouri’s snow removal issues over the last couple of years.