When the first snowfall of winter hits this year, MoDOT says it is prepared with enough salt and equipment to maintain the same level of service it has provided in previous years.

While some towns and municipalities in Missouri may be concerned about salt supplies, MoDOT will not have trouble keeping state highways drivable, according to the agency.


When the first snowfall of winter hits this year, MoDOT says it is prepared with enough salt and equipment to maintain the same level of service it has provided in previous years.
While some towns and municipalities in Missouri may be concerned about salt supplies, MoDOT will not have trouble keeping state highways drivable, according to the agency.
Last year's particularly harsh winter depleted much of the country's salt supply, which is causing prices to rise. Moreover, because of a strong hurricane season and high Mississippi River levels, delivery of salt via the river barges is slow.
MoDOT takes salt bids in May and is virtually unaffected by the supply decline that happened late this summer. The department received its first salt shipment over the summer in order to pre-fill and prepare for the first snow in Missouri.
During the winter, as salt supplies are used, part of the agency's contract agreement with suppliers is to provide for a replenishment order sometime between Nov. 1 and April 30.
"Trying to keep salt throughout the winter and not run out is tricky," Maintenance Liaison Engineer Tim Jackson said. "Conserving as much salt as possible is the best method. You have to keep the strength of the storm in mind and use the right amount at the right time, while still maintaining road safety."
According to figures reported on the budget for the Street Department in St. Robert, salt purchased last year cost $64 a ton. St. Robert city administrators are presently reviewing a bid for $150 a ton, a 134 percent increase in the price of salt.
MoDOT also issued a safety statement cautioning drivers to take it easy in inclement weather.
"In Ice and Snow, Take It Slow," the statement read.
The agency also issued some tips for safe driving in winter weather:
• Slow down for wet, snowy, icy conditions;
• Avoid quick braking or acceleration;
• Find out about driving conditions before you go;
• Every time you travel, “Buckle Up to Arrive Alive”;
• Turn signals, brake lights and windows need to be clear of snow;
• Never use cruise control in winter weather conditions.
For more information about MoDOT and winter travel tips, logon to the agency’s Web site at www.modot.org/newsroom.