Just in time, MoDOT crews participate in annual drill to prep for winter weather

Posted at 6:50 AM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 10:33:29-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re out and about on the roads on Wednesday, you may see a lot more MoDOT crews on the roads than you might expect for early November.

That’s because MoDOT is holding a statewide operations drill Wednesday morning.

MoDOT officials said it serves as a training reminder for employees on what equipment to use, plowing techniques and safety measures.

The goal behind the annual drill is to make sure all MoDOT crews know their roles during winter storms. 

During the drill, crews will react to a simulated forecast of a large amount of snow for the entire state.

Emergency operation centers will also activate, deploying employees to their trucks. 

Emergency systems will also be tested, along with every piece of equipment inspected.

MoDOT officials said in the rural parts, the drill will start after 8 a.m. In the urban areas, the drill will begin after 9 a.m. 

The exercise should wrap up by 3 p.m.