ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When it became clear that temperatures overnight were going to drop below freezing, transportation officials on both sides of the Mississippi began firing up their trucks.
Marie Elliott with the Missouri Department of Transportation says the department had drivers out all morning spreading brine to melt any icy spots on the roads.
“We have had crews come in after midnight throughout the district to monitor the roadways and just make sure that we’re vigilant on the weather conditions,” she said.
Over on the Illinois side, transportation officials also rolled out de-icing trucks.
“We’ve been out since 2:30. We have crews out in all 11 counties,” Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Monroe said. “We’re treating the roads that are remaining wet from the overnight precipitation.”
Monroe says it may seem early in the season to already be treating the roads but the department is in good shape with 50,000 tons of salt to spread throughout the 11-county region this winter.
Both Elliott and Monroe advise drivers to give slow-moving trucks plenty of room to work and to avoid following too closely or cutting them off.