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By Rebecca Woolf
Missouri’s Transportation Department has announced changes in how it will deal with snow removal this winter.
In an effort to cut costs, department workers will focus first on the most traveled roads this winter.
But Becky Allmeroth, a MoDOT maintenance engineer, said that’s not the only change Missourians will notice.
“We now have some computerized equipment on the truck that’s kind of smart equipment so when the truck slows down, the amount of salt that goes down slows down, and when we’re stopped at an intersection, the amount of salt that goes down completely stops,” Allmeroth said.
Another change will be improved slow plows, which cover twice the distance as the old ones, and will allow for fewer trucks to be on the roads.
Instead of salt, sand will be spread on many rural roads, but it will not be used in cities because it could ruin the sewers.