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MoDot responds to winter storm bright and early

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MoDOT's traffic map experienced a high demand Tuesday morning. MoDOT's traffic map experienced a high demand Tuesday morning.

By Brian Feldman, News 4

MoDot officials called for a winter storm to hit the St. Louis area at eight o’clock this morning and that prediction turned out to be spot on.  A full slate of crews were on the streets out well before then waiting patiently to treat the affected areas.

Franklin County was the first to get hit with snow and ice and the storm spread from there.  Officials said they anticipated having the roads completely cleared and passable within a couple hours.  Their biggest concern was residents going to church, but it’s far better for this to happen on a weekend and not a weekday.

“It’s absolutely better for us.  Our trucks can get around better when you don’t have rush hour traffic,” MoDot engineer Mark Croarkin said.

Officials called this a “classic winter storm” and, thus, nothing they couldn’t handle.  It does serve as a remind for drivers who are out on the roads while MoDot’s crews are treating them.

“I always say the trucks are big and they have trouble seeing around them.  You just cannot get up close to them and (drive) between them.  It’s just a bad idea.  Give them room, let them do their job,” Croarkin said.

Officials don’t expect Monday’s morning commute to be an issue at all.  They believe they’ll have everything cleared well before then.

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