MoDot Making Big Investment in Snow Fight

FEBRUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 11:15 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - With two months still remaining in this winter season, the Missouri Dept. of Transportation has used nearly twice as much road salt to remove snow and ice this winter as it did all of last year.  MoDOT has already spent more than $26 million on snow and ice removal.

"Missouri was hit with one of the worst winter storms in recent history at the end of November, and then severe ice and snow storms in January," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.

So far this winter, MoDOT has used nearly 24,000 tons of salt to clear snow and ice from state-maintained roadways.  That translates to more than 493 million pounds.  If it were table salt, it would be enough the yearly consumption of all Missourians, as well as the state's neighbors in Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Tennessee, according to MoDOT.