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The City Of Joplin Is Already Preparing For Winter Mix

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The City of Joplin spent the day preparing for the winter weather ahead, to ensure those on the road will remain safe during morning commutes. 

Long before the snow hits the ground Assistant Director of Public Works Lynden Lawson reviews city snow truck routes to ensure Joplin will be ready.

"We watch Doug Heady too, so I mean we find out what's going on in this area so we can lay the material down," Lawson said.
 
Lawson says the City uses a mixture of 70 percent sand with 30 percent salt; and that it purchases enough every summer to last through the season. However last week the City ordered more, just to ensure they have enough.
 
"It's very important to us to keep the roads safe," Lawson said.
 
According to the City, there's now about 2,000 tons of sand mixture here ready for the rest of winter, and that each storm uses between 200 to 400 tons to keep city streets safe. Additionally, the city has 13 trucks prepared to run from 7 to 7 in two shifts until snow is gone and streets are clear. 

"We also have some extra crews who go out and do some major intersections and they also clean up our maps transit area," Lawson said.
 
And most Joplin resident's we spoke with say they are happy with the job their City does.

"They deal really good with it, they have in the past," said Joplin resident Joseph Potter.

Still, some worry about those in town trying to get from their home to main roads.

"It's just the back roads, they could do the back roads a little bit faster, because that's why a lot of people can't get to work because they can't get out of their house," Lane said.
 
But with about 800 miles of single lane road throughout Joplin -- it makes it tough.

"It would be very hard and very expensive trying to lay down material down every lane," Lawson said.

And while Lawson says main through streets will remain clear, residential streets simply don't factor into the $30,000 dollar a year salt and ice budget at this time.

For a link to the City of Joplin's website, click here

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