ST. LOUIS | Missouri transportation officials plan less plowing on roadways this winter because of tight budgets.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that plow crews will be responsible for making roads "passable" but not necessarily clear. That could mean no extra runs to remove little bands of snow. The Department of Transportation says it plans to use equipment and technology better.
Transportation Department Director Kevin Keith says the roads will remain safe. He says the new snow plowing requirement makes more sense financially because fuel taxes are flat after falling during the recent recession. Fuel taxes account for about three-quarters of the Transportation Department's budget.
The first test for the new snow plowing policy could be Saturday when rain is expected to become snow.