MoDOT prepares for possible winter storms in St. Louis area

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 5:24 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The latest forecasts indicate the St. Louis-area could be hit with some wintery weather on Friday, and the Missouri Department of Transportation says it couldn’t come at a worse time.

 

Officials with MoDOT say freezing rain could make the morning rush hour extremely difficult to handle. The agency hopes to get a jump on the storm and sent out crews on Thursday to pre-treat highways around the St. Louis area.

“Temperatures today are pretty bitter, so that regular salt brine doesn’t work and it’s not as effective so we’ve been adding a little beet juice or beet juice derivative and that makes it work at lower temperatures,” said Becky Allmeroth with MoDOT.

Workers were sent home Thursday to get some sleep and were scheduled to get back on the road by 10 p.m. to work a 12-hour shift.

MoDOT officials said a total of 200 trucks will be on the roads.

 

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