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MoDOT eager to test new snowplows in Springfield area
« on: November 27, 2009, 08:31:55 PM »


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Never let it be said that MoDOT travels lightly -- especially this winter.
  Armed with a 14-foot front plow and a 26-foot rear plow, the Missouri Department of Transportation's new salt truck-tow plow can cover two lanes of traffic, freeing up at least one other salt truck.
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Armed with a 14-foot front plow and a 26-foot rear plow, the Missouri Department of Transportation's new salt truck-tow plow can cover two lanes of traffic, freeing up at least one other salt truck. (Steve J.P. Liang / News-Leader) 
Much like the excited owners of a new sports car, local Missouri Department of Transportation officials cannot wait to unleash their trio of new rides when Old Man Winter blows through the Springfield area.
Purchased for a combined $693,000 in the past two years, each is a salt truck-tow plow combination capable of covering two lanes of traffic -- with a 26-foot rear plow and 14-footer up front.
MoDOT has stationed one in Springfield and others in Ozark and Bolivar. Each will free up at least one other salt truck that could be dispatched within the cities.
"They will definitely have a place in our arsenal, or a weapon against the snow," said Dave O'Connor, district maintenance engineer of the MoDOT office in Springfield. "At minimum, it should allow us to cover twice the work. And we're excited about how we're going to use them."
The plows underscore steps local agencies -- MoDOT, Springfield and Greene County -- have taken for the months ahead.
Combined, they have 235 salt trucks and 38,000 tons of salt.
The level of service will not drop, representatives from the three agencies promised during a media briefing earlier this week.
For Springfield motorists, the city is raising a caution flag: Personnel cutbacks will mean slower response times on secondary snow routes. Local impact Motorists who use state roads in Springfield could benefit from the presence of the new MoDOT snowplow in town.
The plow is being eyed for use on U.S. 65 and the James River Freeway but also could be dispatched to the West Bypass, Kansas Expressway and Kearney Street, O'Connor said.
Even if the plow is not running in the city, it would allow MoDOT to send another salt truck elsewhere.
The three new truck-plow combinations and 167 other salt trucks are in a 12-county district that covers Greene, Hickory, Polk, Dallas, Laclede, Webster, Wright, Christian, Douglas, Stone, Taney and Ozark counties.
MoDOT must plow state roads that run through Springfield.
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Re: MoDOT eager to test new snowplows in Springfield area
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2009, 08:38:56 PM »
I hope they have to sit in storage all year! 
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Re: MoDOT eager to test new snowplows in Springfield area
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2009, 11:20:07 PM »
Ya we need time to schedule our missouri vacation as note by skelton