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Countering the impact of winter weather on a state’s transportation system is an expensive and tough task; one the Missouri Department of Transportation knows all too well.

Photo by MoDOT

For example, the agency spent more than $64 million on winter operations in 2018, in part to cover the costs of its snow plows disbursing: more than 180,000 tons of salt; more than 4 million gallons of salt brine; some 150,000 tons of abrasives; about 500 tons of calcium chloride; roughly 100,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride; around 180,000 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride; and almost 700,000 gallons of beet juice.

In an average winter, the Missouri DOT noted in a statement that its employees will plow snow and ice from about 6 million miles of roadway, which is enough to go to the moon and back 13 times.

The agency shared some insights into how it plans and executes its winter operations strategy in the video below:

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