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MoDOT Crews Preparing for Forecasted Winter Storm

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MoDOT Crews Preparing for Forecasted Winter Storm

MoDOT/Southwest District – With a winter storm bearing down on southwest Missouri, Missouri Department of Transportation crews are readying snow removal equipment and doing other work to prepare for the impending winter weather.

Today, MoDOT crews are installing snow plows on dump trucks, placing salt spreaders into dump truck beds and making sure the spreaders are filled with salt and other snow removal chemicals.

Starting as early as 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, crews will be on the road ahead of the storm which is forecasted to begin in the far southern counties in Missouri.

Each MoDOT snow plow is assigned to a circuit of roads, with crews taking care of the most heavily-traveled roadways first including I-44, I-49, Route 60, Route 65, Route 71, Route 54 and Route 13. Crews will try to get down lesser-traveled routes as quickly as possible and will make sure to treat hills, curves and intersections.

Road-clearing crews will do their best to keep up with the falling winter precipitation, but will not be able to keep roads entirely clear until the storm moves out of the area.

Crews will be on the road 24-hours a day beginning Thursday morning until all major roads are clear, working throughout the weekend if necessary.

Drivers Urged to Use Caution

MoDOT also advises drivers to be prepared for driving on snowy or icy roads and to pay special attention to changing road conditions.

To get the latest road conditions, drivers can check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map.

Drivers can also stay up to date on the latest conditions by following MoDOT on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

If you must be out in hazardous conditions, here are some safe travel tips and suggestions.

Before the Trip

  • Consult MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for the latest road conditions at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. An app is also available for iPhone and Android phones.
  • Call MoDOT’s toll free customer service center for current road conditions at 888-275-6636.
  • Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, properly operating exhaust system and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather.
  • Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your car, paying special attention to tires, brakes, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid.
  • Make sure you have emergency items including a working flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, necessary medication, blankets and/or sleeping bags, small shovel, booster cables, brightly colored cloth to use as a flag, etc.

If possible, postpone your trip until the roads have been plowed and treated. If you must be out, keep these safety precautions in mind:

  • Slow down and adjust your speed to the conditions.
  • Give snow plows plenty of room and do not pass them.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not pass other vehicles on or near bridges
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.

If You’re Trapped in Your Car

Stay in the vehicle. Don’t leave to search for help, it’s easy to become disoriented in blowing and drifting snow. Display a trouble sign by tying a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or other easily visible location on your vehicle.

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