MoDOT, City Explain Priorities for Clearing Roads

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 01/31 2014 05:52PM

Updated 02/01 2014 10:08AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Street crews around the area worked throughout the day to clean the streets and prepare for more snow. By late Friday morning, many of the main streets in St. Joseph were cleared with several residential areas still snow covered.

Megan McDonald lives in Midtown and said her residential area is usually one of the last places to be treated when it snows.

"It depends on what street it is," McDonald said. "Some of them, they plow almost instantaneously. A lot of them don't get plowed until the next day."

"We start with emergency routes," city streets superintendent Keven Schneider said. "Those are the main drags through town. Once we get done with those we get into secondaries which start connecting the emergency routes. When we are done with secondaries everybody in town is within two blocks of a treated street."

Schneider said cul-de-sacs and other dead ends are always the last to get treated because of the lack of traffic. He said the city started using a salt mix on the roads around 7 a.m. to treat this storm.

"We have a dispatcher on duty 24 hours a day and we were kind of watching what was going on," he said.

Traffic on I-29, south of St. Joseph, moved normally as the snow tapered off. MoDOT said they are working 24 hour shifts to keep state roads clear.

"We'll actually stay up with it even after the snow stops," said MoDOT's Martin Liles.

MoDOT, like the city, treats the heaviest traveled areas first. After they clear those, they work on smaller state routes where they focus on curves and intersections.

"I know they've been over everything at least once," Liles said.

Both MoDOT and the city said they will keep treating roads until everything is safe and clear. Schneider said the city uses just a salt mix if the snow is less than about three inches deep. He said it takes about 14 hours to salt everything in the city. If they have to plow, it can take much longer.

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