MODOT Predicts Problems for Afternoon Drive
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Don’t expect to see pavement anytime soon and some major highways are still dangerous to drive on.
That’s the warning this afternoon from the Missouri Department of Transportation, despite a full court press from its fleet of plow trucks in the St. Louis area. “The one area that we need motorists to avoid is Interstate 70 near the Blanchette Bridge,” said spokesperson Kara Price, during a late morning briefing with KMOX. “There have been many slick spots between the bridge and I-270.” Drivers in that area are advised to use the Highway 364 (Page Ave.) or Highway 370 to get into St. Charles County. Additionally, Price said several ramps to area highwways have had to be shutdown temporarilly to allow crews to clear them.
The problem is the sheer amount of snow that’s fallen, forcing MODOT to replow and retreat roads that had been cleared once already this morning. “Our trucks are plowing slower than normal,” explained Price. “Motorists need to be patient and do not pass them.”
Price says road conditions will be a concern right through the evening rush hour. “It would be best to adjust your travel times,” Price said. “If you can leave earlier or later than normal, that would be better.”