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Motorists upset with MoDOT winter weather response

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

(KMOV) – Motorists across the area are pointing the finger at the Missouri Department of Transportation for not treating roads and highways well enough in preparation for Wednesday night’s ice storms.

It was not too long ago the MoDOT announced that it would be more budget conscious this winter when it comes to handling snow storms.

Even late Thursday afternoon, cleanup from the ice storm was still clogging traffic on Interstate 70.

On Interstate 44, the stretch between Grand Blvd and Arsenal was littered with wrecks until nearly 10 a.m.

On top of it being a busy day for towing cars, Donnie Schellert got stuck on I-70 for three hours Thursday morning. He says he believes MoDOT could have done more.

It was even worse south of St. Louis on Highway 67 near Bonne Terre. Some drivers spent more than eight hours stuck on icy roads.

MoDOT’s maintenance engineers insist they did everything in their power to clear the roads.

In the hardest hit areas, like I-44 near Gray Summit, MoDOT says heavy downpours of freezing rain washed away the liquid salt.

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