MoDOT Director Upset With Snow-Clearing Efforts

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.”

Copyright KMOX Radio



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


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 throughout the day for the latest on road conditions and closings related to the snowfall.

Copyright KMOX Radio

  • Mandy

    Four Hour drive that takes normally 30ish minutes…blah!

  • Allen

    it was terrible this morning… no plows were out !!!

    • Dominic

      2-4 inches is terrible? Learn how to drive in inclement weather, bone-head.

      • Clint


        drive your corolla over to vogel and miller intersection in 2-4 inches of snow next storm…k

  • Christine Guinn

    Someone should get their butt handed to them over this. There is no excuse when you know that the storm is coming to not be pre-treating the roads.

    • Dominic

      Storm? 2-4 inches is a storm? If you can’t navigate 2-4 inches of snow than you shouldn’t have a driver’s license.

      • Jeremy Marshall

        how about you shut up you idiot. It’s not about driver performance. It’s about expectations and how our tax money is being spent. Look at the big picture!!! BTW it’s really hard to be a great or bad driver when you are on a highway that is at a standstill because the entire highway has been shut down due to an inch of snow!

  • Derek

    The highways are STILL really bad…almost 4 in the afternoon!

  • Mike

    MoDot should be ticked the news ran a garbage story that “crews were already out in force” ….clearing Market St….270, Page Ext, Olive Blvd you name it it was a disaster and the conditions at 3:30 were nearly as bad. I never saw a plow or salt truck. Real bad effort St Louis & St Charles…

  • Carolyn

    I was coming home from work at 4:15 this morning and I had a Plow Truck in front of me and behind me and Neither one of them was putting salt down or have their plowes down plowing snow. Terrible!!!!!!!!!

  • Scott

    I live in missouri and work in Illinois ,I left for work at 5 this morning ,I almost wrecked twice before I got to the highway,the highways were horrible at best ,and when I crossed the JB bridge into illinois the roads were well treated and snow free,the worst thing that Mo could have done was announce that they were making cutbacks in snow removal ,because even though they said that had nothing too do with the poorly maintained streets ,we know that was the reason .

  • Jennifer

    I called MoDot to complain about our Hwy T and Hwy 100 in West St. Louis County and was told they were putting their efforts toward the Interstates. Well they didn’t achieve a satisfactory result anywhere! Very poor planning and poor service for those who are at their mercy to clear the roads and keep us safe! I hope they get their act together and tomorrow is a different story!

    • Dominic

      Stop complaining and learn how to drive in inclement weather. It snowed all of 2-4 inches. If you can’t navigate that, you shouldn’t have a driver’s license.

  • Abby

    I’m sending MoDot the bill for my deductible from my accident this morning which would have been completely preventable if the roads were plowed/salted by 2:00 this afternoon. I’m kidding….But really? Shmucks.

  • Nathan

    Here’s the email of the idiot who decided not to pre-treat the STL roads (MODOT’s STL region head engineer). Pass it on to everyone you know and let Ed know that his immediate resignation is required!

  • Karen

    The roads were a disaster this morning. We all knew that it was going to snow and the temperature was going to drop. What was MODOT thinking? I drove from Chesterfield to Grand Blvd. and never saw one snow plow. Could not believe all the accidents, highway closures, and slick spots. One inch of snow and St.Louis highways became a nightmare??????? And, coming home this evening was not much better. The plows should have been out all day clearing the slush and salting the roads to avoid another embarrassment and disappointment for MODOT. What a horrible experience to drive today. Waiting to hear an “acceptable” explaination AND a remedy to the problem. I am dreading the drive into the city tomorrow morning I repeat, I never saw ONE plow this morning. And roads were still treacherous on the drive home. Safety and Good Service should be a priority.

    • Vanessa M

      Hi Dominic, I was wondering if you had the pleasure of getting on Hwy 40 /64 yesterday morning or if you just stayed within city limits of St. Louis County. You are correct about driving in 2-3 inches of snow and people that can’t drive should not have a driver’s license; however, as tax paying citizens, people expected there to be some type of “road treatment” on highways, and there wasn’t. So I don’t think its the way people drive, it is the trust we put on our tax dollars that didn’t come through yesterday.

  • Dominic

    The roads were fine yesterday, it’s the people in this area with NO IDEA HOW TO DRIVE IN INCLEMENT WEATHER. I didn’t see a plow… but I also didn’t see snow on the roads because they were salted in advance. Maybe if people drove appropriately for the weather (slowing down, perhaps) they wouldn’t end up on the side of the road. Missouri drivers are bad enough as it is, and I was blatantly warned by multiple people before winter hit that “just wait til there’s snow, these people are clueless.” I drive a Toyota Corolla and I had no issues navigating the roads yesterday.

    • Ann

      If you didn’t see any snow on the roads, then you can’t have possibly driven in any of the areas these people are complaining about. Additionally, it even says in the article that the roads weren’t pre-treated or salted in advance; you must not be talking about St. Louis. The major highways still had snow on them and didn’t look as though they had been plowed once around 7 PM last night.

      • Dominic

        It was 2-4 inches of snow. If you can’t handle driving in that, plows or not, than you shouldn’t have a driver’s license.

      • Dominic

        I live in St. Louis county, within city limits. The roads weren’t perfect but they were far from being hazardous.

  • Tracy

    Obviously you are not from Missouri. We who have lived here our whole lives, and driven these roads for our whole lives are not really accustomed to MODOT dropping the ball. It has been my experience that people who think 2-4 inches is no big deal, come from north or east of Missouri (where they plan much better for snow) are usually the same people creating most of the problems. You drive like you were in Michigan were the roads are great. One last thought, if you don’t like the way we drive, maybe you ought to stay off the road.

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