Crews Struggle to Keep Up with Weather Conditions

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Sleet, snow, extreme cold and it’s just the beginning of March. Local transportation officials have been up against the full gamut of bad weather with this latest storm.

Engineer Joseph Monroe with the Illinois Department of Transportation says that’s why it’s been extremely frustrating trying to keep the roads clear.

“Very, very disappointing when you know that everyone’s out doing everything they can. We get everything cleaned up and we get another round of sleet,” says Monroe. “We range from code 3 which is 25% covered to completely covered in areas.”

Monroe says he has a full complement of trucks out right now and with temperatures due to warm up later in the day they should soon start making a lot of progress.

District Engineer Becky Allmeroth with the Missouri Department of Transportation says right now they have two lanes open on most interstates.

“As soon as a little traffic gets on that and gets that salt and all the sand mixed down in there it’ll start breaking it up,” says Allmeroth.

Many side roads remain snow-and-ice covered.

In the meantime, it’s been a problem all winter long – cars crashing into plows – and it happened five times on Sunday in Missouri and once in Illinois, putting plows out of commission but causing no injuries.

For the latest on road conditions, stay at KMOX.com.

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