MoDOT, IDOT Officials shift focus to overnight precipitation, freezing temperatures

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:34 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) --  New Year’s Eve saw no major problems on the roads with traffic on both sides of the river is moving freely thanks to a preemptive layer of salt.

The major concern for officials heading into overnight is the drizzle that began falling in the late evening. There is concern the precipitation will freeze first on untreated roads and on overpasses.

The temperature is expected to drop below freezing overnight which will create two problems:  the rain could make for many slick streets, and the snow that’s already melted could also refreeze.

MoDOT and IDOT both say their crews are prepared. Officials say salt trucks will stay on the streets until all precipitation stops.

Missouri Highway Patrol also has every available trooper out Monday night due to the combination of inclement weather and New Year’s Eve.

“Obviously this stuff doesn’t help; although, we’re not going to have a lot of serious ice issues, but the shoulders, the on-ramps are going to get covered,” said Sergant Al Nothum of the Missouri Highway Patrol. “The off ramps, the overpasses are going to get slick - that we get every year, but you mix this with the partying going on, the consuming of alcohol, it’s not a good mixture, so we know we’re going to be busy tonight.”

Motorists expecting to be out early Tuesday morning are urged to use caution on overpasses and on and off ramps as they are expected to be the most dangerous. 

 

 

 

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