January 9, 2019 at 10:42 PM CST - Updated January 9 at 10:51 PM
PERRYVILLE, MO (Heartland News at 9) - The Missouri Department of Transportation and cities in the northern part of the Heartland are taking a proactive approach to the chance of ice and snow that is expected to start Friday, January 11.
At this point in time, it’s still unclear how much snow or ice our area could get so city workers have to flexible and prepare for every type of storm they could see.
Dave Clements is the Streets Superintendent with the City of Perryville.
He says his staff is ready to fire up the city snow plows and salt trucks whenever the storm starts Friday so they can clear off the 56 miles of streets within city limits.
Clements wants to wait and see what type of precipitation will likely come first before they pre-treat any roads because if it rains before it snows all that salt washes away.
“It could be freezing rain, it could be ice, sleet with it. You have to treat each one separately,” Clements said. “We will get our emergency services first. Police, fire and first responders. Then we will work into the main arteries of our city and then on the secondary streets. Our thing is safety. If we can keep someone from having a bad day that is what we are all about.”
MODOTis also keeping a close eye on the latest forecasts and will determine whether or not to lay down liquid brine or dry salt on Interstate 55 on Thursday.
Staff with the department started checking equipment and counting how many vehicles they have at each location on Wednesday morning.
Nathan Orf is the MODOT Maintenance Supervisor for Cape Girardeau County.
Orf says many of their plows and salt trucks now have computer technology and equipment that can clear two lanes at once.
"It's great to have a lot of tools in our arsenal,” Orf said. “And if we don't have and we are getting hit worse than another area than they will send it. Whatever we need. It's one big family, MODOT is and we share and move stuff around wherever we need to get the job done."
Orf says a snow plows shovel is 14 feet wide which is larger than a typical driving lane.
He is urging the traveling public to slow down and give snow plows space to clear off the roads.