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MODOT Crews Continue to Clear Roadways

MODOT crews hit the streets clearing roadways as snow falls across the Joplin area.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Leilani Stewart has been hard at work since 7 this morning. She is one of 21 MODOT drivers out clearing the streets in the Joplin area today.

"We have crews that do Range Line, Newman, 249 and I-44," said Leilani Stewart, Senior Maintenance Worker. 

MODOT crews begin preparing for the winter storm days in advance.

"We started preparing Wednesday. We got all of our trucks and sanders loaded by Wednesday afternoon," said Steve Smith, Maintenance Supervisor. 

As the impending weather drew closer.

"We had crews in early Thursday morning, about 3 a.m. for the start of it," said Smith. 

Each MODOT snow plow is assigned to a specific route. Crews take care of the most heavily traveled roadways first.

"We'll have crews out tonight, of course probably keep an eye on things. Hopefully, when the temperatures rise a little bit, we'll be able to get it off the roads," said Stewart.

MODOT says crews will continue to work 24/7 until all major roadways are clear.

"It may be a few days before we get everything cleared off," said Stewart. 

More than 600 MODOT drivers were deployed across the Southwest region for the winter event.

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