The Missouri Department of Transportation sent snow plows out on the street without a single flake of snow.
Wrap: How much money does it take to get ready for winter? Probably more than you think.
The Missouri Department of Transportation spent an estimated 70 thousand dollars on fuel sending snow plows on their usual routes to practice manuevering and radio communication.
State maintenance engineer Beth Wright says the preparation for winter is worth the cost.
|Description: "We went from 10 district areas to seven district areas, so we need people out on the roads they would normally be to see if we can get proper communication."
Wright says this is in response to issues Missouri has had removing snow the last couple of years.
Reporting from the Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.
If you got stuck behind a snow plow on a day without snow, you can thank the Missouri Department of Transportation
Wrap: The Missouri Department of Transportation spent 70 thousand dollars filling up snow plow tanks in what they call a simulated snowfall event.
State plows travelled a combined 117 thousand miles, despite there being no snow on the ground.
State Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright says this was a valuable exercise to improve both manuevering and communication with plow drivers.
|Description: "Missouri has a lot of hills and curves and valleys, and we depend on that radio system. And we made significant changes to that."
No other state emergency agencies participated in the practice test for winter.
Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.