Thursday, January 12, 2012

MoDOT urges caution when winter weather hits

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) cautions motorists to prepare themselves for the possibility of snowy, wet or slick roads.
MoDOT crews will carefully monitor road conditions and are ready to plow and treat state routes as needed. If state routes become snow-covered, MoDOT places the highest priority on roads with the highest traffic volumes, such as interstates, U.S. highways, and other high volume state routes. MoDOT crews will also plow loose snow and treat the hills, curves, and intersections of lower volume lettered or numbered routes as needed.
"Remember that bridges and overpasses will freeze first, and the condition of the roadway may not be obvious as you're driving," said Jason Shafer, MoDOT Assistant District Maintenance Engineer. "You should slow down, accelerate slowly at intersections, and give plenty of space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you."
Motorists can check on road conditions before they travel by checking the Traveler Information Map at or by calling MoDOT's customer service center 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free phone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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