MoDOT Staying Busy
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There isn’t much rest for the weary.
Missouri Department of Transportation engineer Tom Blair says road crews in the St. Louis area aren’t getting much down time between Thursday’s snowstorm and the next winter storm predicted for Sunday.
“We’re not done fighting this storm,” Blair said. “Although it stopped snowing yesterday, we fought this storm throughout last night [and] we will continue to fight this storm.”
Blair says snow from Thursday’s storm is blowing back onto roads in some places, and they’re having to deal with “freezing fog” at night, causing patches of the dreaded black ice.
And the freezing cold temperatures certainly don’t help.
“The pavement temperature, being as low as it is now, makes it difficult to really make a positive improvement to the condition of our roads,” Blair said.
As for budgeting concerns, Blair says his district is at about 50-percent of its winter budget with about half of the winter weather period complete.
He adds that their salt supply is also right on line with what was budgeted.
Another snow storm is expected to arrive Sunday and Blair says his crew is gearing up for that as they continue clearing the current snowfall.
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