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Missourians Brave the Ice Once Again


Braving ice covered roads and vehicles have become almost weekly rituals for Missourians.

With another sheet of ice and snow covering Missouri ground today drivers are encouraged to travel with caution.

KSMU's Erika Brame has more.

Another onset of ice and snow has hit Missouri roads today making the commute home hazardous for many drivers.

Angela Eden from the Missouri Department of Transportation says the roads are currently wet and slick but a drop in temperature will increase ice on the roads.

"Much of Missouri road ways this afternoon are either partly covered or mostly covered with a mixture of freezing rain, sleet, slush, ice, snow, you name it. And it's falling out of the sky and it's below freezing. That's what we have covering the road ways."

Eden says the road crews are out trying to clear the roads for later this evening but there is only so much they can do for drivers.

"Well because we can't be everywhere at once we have to prioritize. So our crews are concentrating on our most heavily traveled routes. That would be interstate 44, highway 60, highway 65, highway 160."

She says these crews are trying to clear off smaller state highways at least once during a twelve hour shift, which makes these roads slicker than the major highways and interstates.

Eden says drivers heading home this evening should completely clear ice from all windows, lights, and blinkers before getting in the car.

She says visibility is an issue and urges drivers to maintain a safe driving distance from other vehicles.

"I think what they need to remember to do is to keep their foot off the gas and off the break. Allow plenty of maneuvering room between you and the vehicle in front of you."

For information about road conditions and safety you can call the Missouri Department of Transportation at 1-888-ASK-MODOT or visit their website at www.modot.gov.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.

Links:

  • MoDOT website