MoDOT and I DOT watching road conditions for Wednesday

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 7:33 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Wet and cold weather fell in the St. Louis Metro area Tuesday and both MoDOT  and I DOT are keeping a watchful eye on the roadways.

Troy, Mo. received more snow Tuesday on top of the snow that fell in last week’s storm.

MoDOT told News 4, they had crews out overnight Tuesday to treat the roads, but said they don’t expect problems because the road surfaces are above freezing temperatures.

“It’s been really challenging with this event because it’s hitting other parts of the state really hard,” said MoDOT spokesperson Becky Allmeroth, “We have sent other crews to other parts of the state. It’s a balance between how many crews we send away and we keep here.”

MoDOT officials said they do have crews in the St. Louis region to handle the roads, while the most important time is the morning rush hour.

North and west of St. Louis are expected to have more slushy, wet snow.

On the Illinois side of the river, I DOT said it had help from the state police and monitor roads overnight.

The forecasts for the Metro-East are a chance of freezing drizzle and snow north of I-70.

I DOT officials said they will watch the precipitation and road temperatures in hopes the air temperature stays above the freezing point. The air temperature on Tuesday night was above freezing.

I DOT District Operations Engineer Joseph Monroe said if residents see snow they should watch for accumulation on the bridges and overpasses that could turn into ice.

I DOT said if the roads need plowing and salt then it will send out trucks on the interstates. Officials also urge drivers to allow themselves a few extra minutes time Wednesday.

I DOT said they have dealt with four accidents so far involving cars that either tried to pass a snow plow or slammed into the back of one.

 

 

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