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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Complaints about MoDOT’s handling of this morning’s snowfall have reached the top. Department Director Kevin Keith tells KMOX, “I’m hearing the same thing, that we didn’t get a lot of snow and traffic was a mess, and I’m not very happy about it.”

Keith says he talked this morning with those in charge of road-clearing efforts here. He was asked if something went wrong or if there was a miscalculation, “You know what, I don’t really care, we didn’t produce a very good result.”

Keith said the snow hit at a tough time, during morning rush-hour, but he says people should expect a better result, “I’m not going to try to make any excuses about this. It didn’t snow very much and the roads weren’t very good and we’re better than that. I’m just going to tell our folks ‘we have an expectation that when it snows, clear the roads.'”

Keith says MoDOT’s budget cuts had no bearing on what happened, “We’ve got the same amount of maintenance folks, same amount of trucks in St. Louis we had last winter. This has no impact on our maintenance folks. We just didn’t do a very good job today.”

Keith says the people of St. Louis deserve a better result and he promises that they’re going to get one,  “Let’s just say I’ve already got that point across.”

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OUR EARLIER STORY

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  The timing was terrible — a snowstorm struck just as the morning rush hour was getting underway — and coupled with high winds and frigid temperatures, it created the un-perfect storm.

Kara Price with the Missouri Department of Transportation told KMOX News that they were out in full force from the time the storm first hit.

“We’ve got full crews, 204 trucks out,” she explained. “They’re plowing and treating all the areas.  We’re focusing on the interstates because those are the most heavily traveled routes.”

Speaking as as guest on KMOX’s Total Information AM, Price was asked about MoDOT’s efforts to treat roads before the storm hit.

“A lot of the pavement temperatures were a little warm yesterday,” she responded. “So we weren’t really doing a lot of pre-treating. We were in areas as needed.”

Corporal Jeff Wilson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tried to explain the situation on roads in Troop C in between non-stop calls for assistance.

“Currently we’re getting a lot of slide-offs,” he told KMOX News. “This is a real dry snow so we’re getting a lot of blowing and drifting.”

He asked drivers to slow down, leave space in between cars, and if possible, stay off the roads until the storm has passed and roads are cleared of ice and snow.

Charlie Brennan’s interview with MoDot’s Ed Hassinger

OUR EARLIER STORY:

Traffic on just about every major interstate and thoroughfare throughout the St. Louis region was snarled as Thursday morning commuters drove directly into the face of an arriving snowstorm.

Blowing and drifting snow created havoc with visibility, and temperatures that dropped down into the low 20’s with wind chills in the teeens made road slick and treacherous.

Keep it tuned to KMOX News and www.kmox.com throughout the day for the latest on road conditions and closings related to the snowfall.

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