Springfield Public Works prepares for winter weather

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - It's a word many of us have a love-hate relationship with, snow. "When it does snow they call us and say, 'Hey can you be ready for snow?,'" said Bobby Berry with the City of Springfield's Public Works Department.

Public Works is in charge of making sure city streets stay snow and ice free during the winter months. That means it's all up to 35 drivers to take care of more than 650 miles of roads. "It takes time," said Dustin Keyes with Public Works. "We try and get through all of our routes in about four hours, but sometimes you can't hardly keep up with that."

Keyes also expressed the City of Springfield is always looking for more workers and drivers. He said the drivers are well trained and that they wouldn't put anyone out in the snow until they feel confident behind the wheel. Keyes also said it can be a great start to working your way up the ladder. "A lot of times we'll hire contract maintenance workers, and then they can promote to full-time maintenance workers, and then from there, you know, we get them in equipment, we get them trained, and they go on to equipment operators two's, equipment operators three's, and then we have craftsman's and team leaders, and so on and so forth," he said.

As we head into this winter season, the guys had some reminders for drivers. "We just ask that everybody be safe on our crew and just everybody," said Bobby Berry. "It's just best to stay off the streets," said James Sieber.

Those interested can find a link to the Public Works website in this story.
The Missouri Department of Transportation website also has links to applications.

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