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ST. LOUIS, (KMOX) — Big news this morning for travellers looking to head west.

As of 7:00 a.m. Interstate 70 was reopened for traffic between St. Louis and Kansas City.

MoDOT’s Kara Price says they’ve also lifted its Hazardous-Emergency Travel Only restriction for area roadways.

Price warns roads are still icy, “they are still snow-covered and kind of snow packed.” 

But road conditions are far from perfect. 

KMOX’s Brian Kelly is heading west along I-70.  He describes the roads as “spotty” and very “hit or miss”  when it comes to ice and snow on the roads.  Brian urges motorists to drive slower than usual and be aware of the road conditions because they change very quickly.

Also, Metro trains and buses are up and running Wednesday, but with a couple of restrictions.

Spokesperson Dianne Williams says no MetroLink trains are running east of Fairview Heights, and those passengers are being bussed to their destinations.

Williams adds Metro bus services may be delayed.  “On some streets that are plowed we may run perfectly on time. Others could be anywhere from 5 – 40 minutes behind.” 

  


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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  MoDOT plow crews were still out in force as Wednesday dawned, but it’s slow going.

MoDOT spokesperson Kara Price tells KMOX News that now that the snow has stopped, they are making headway.

But she adds there are still many roads that drivers should avoid altogether.

“Major roadways like the interstates and other major routes such as Page, Olive and Manchester, those are still considered hazardous conditions,” Price says.  “Emergency travel only is strongly encouraged.”

She hopes those restrictions can be lifted by late morning or early afternoon.

As for the still-closed Interstate 70 west of Wentzville?

“Our goal is, when we do open I-70, is to keep it safe and open,” she explains.  “We don’t want to keep closing it, we want to keep it open.”

She calls I-70 the number one statewide priority, since it currently remains shut down all the way to Kansas City and will remain so until mid-morning Wednesday at the earliest.

  

  

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The Missouri Department of Transportation is closing Interstate 70 from Wentzville to Kansas City.

Heavy snow is making the highway impassable and whiteout conditions are causing poor visibility.  MoDOT said the closure would help keep motorists from becoming stranded on the interstate.  The agency is continuing to plow statewide as conditions allow.

Road conditions in most of Missouri are poor and rapidly deteriorating. Commercial drivers and other motorists should find the nearest possible shelter off of the highway. Trucks should seek safe harbor at the nearest distribution center, truck stop, shopping center or other large parking facility.  DO NOT stop on shoulders or ramps.  Crashed and abandoned equipment that block a highway lane might be moved off of the road when clearing operations are able to resume.

“We’re in a state of emergency, and people need to act accordingly,” said MoDOT Director of System Management Don Hillis.  “This is a storm unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time, and it will take us some time to get things cleaned up.  People need to stay off of the highways until we can get them cleared.”

The American Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Fort Zumwalt South High School gymnasium,  off of Mexico Road in St. Peters. Is is open specifically for people that were stranded along Interstate 70, but all are welcome.The shelter can accommodate 200 people. It will remain open as long as there is a need.

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