JOPLIN, MO.--- The winter weather gives a lot of us an excuse to stay home, but that's not the case for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Hundreds of MODOT drivers have been working overtime to clear the roadways since Friday, and it doesn't seem like they'll catch a break anytime soon.
"We got 290 trucks that have all been out, the ones that are available, have all been out working," said Dave Mitchell, MODOT Spokesperson.
Dave Mitchell with the Missouri Department of Transportation tells us more than 600 MODOT drivers have been laying salt and clearing roads since last week.
"We started the year out with 29,000 tons of salt available for snow storms, and that's district wide," said Mitchell.
Supplies that could be put to the test this winter. It's not just supplies that are needed - on top of the hundreds of primary drivers, they also have 80 emergency drivers on standby and 82 emergency call talkers.
"It does keep us busy, we work 24/7 as long as we need to, to make sure the highways are safe and passable for drivers," said Mitchell.
They've been preparing for winter storms like this since November.
"Seems like this one here came in quite a bit earlier than what we're used to," said Ryan Boyd, MODOT Maintenance Crew Leader.
Normally, MODOT doesn't expect this kind of snow to fall until January.
"It's probably been 5,6,7 years since we've had a snow storm, say 6 inches and above," said Mitchell.
MODOT drivers don't mind the early work or the overtime. Their goal is to get the roads as close to normal as fast as possible.
"We're out here to try to make the roads as safe as we can for the people, but we don't need them out trying to help us either," said Boyd.
If you're hitting the roads before MODOT tomorrow morning, you can check conditions beforehand on your phone. There's an app that shows a colored coded map with current road conditions.
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