Hannibal MoDOT driver loves his job
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:41:32 GMT —
Friday's snowstorm left dangerous road conditions for drivers traveling across Northeast Missouri.
Missouri Department of Transportation crews were dispatched to plow snow and lay down salt on Missouri's highways.
MoDOT drivers typically work 12 hour shifts to ensure highway roads are safe for drivers.
MoDOT trucks drop hundreds of pounds of a special salt mixture know as "hot load" that helps melt large piles of snow quickly.
One MoDOT driver, Bob Adkisson, loves that his job is responsible for helping drivers make it home safely.
"The general public, everyone out there on the road being safe and watching out for everybody else," Adkisson said.
Adkisson has been driving for MoDOT in Hannibal for more than five years. Prior to that, he was a MoDOT Plow Driver in Louisiana, Mo.
Adkisson's daily route covers a 10 to 12 mile radius across Highway 61.
During his five year career in Hannibal, Adkisson has seen many drivers make poor decisions on Highway 61.
"The majority of everything that I see out here is driving to fast for conditions, not being aware of your surroundings and following too close," Adkisson said.
He says many drivers can avoid crashes by simply paying closer attention to the road conditions.
At the end of they day, all he cares about is that drivers get home to their families.
"Everybody goes home safe, so I can go home safe," Adkisson said.
On Friday afternoon, MoDOT declared highway conditions to be only partially covered. But they still want to remind drivers that residual snow may freeze over and create slick road conditions.