TOWN & COUNTRY, MO (KTVI) – Tuesday was a true test of just what road problems were created by the snow dumped on the St. Louis area over the weekend.
After many people stayed home on Monday, it was evident Tuesday that most were back out in full force.
Spinouts, accidents and traffic jams marked most of the morning commute. Many drivers left the highways and retreated to city roads to find those roads were still snow-packed and hard to pass.
Despite the efforts of road crews on both sides of the river, the freezing temps made it difficult for IDOT and MoDOT crews to get roads completely cleared. Highway on-ramps and overpasses were the most treacherous with black ice and refreezing.
MoDOT had problems of its own when some of its equipment froze Monday night. More than 100 trucks were affected.
Then there was a 20-inch water main break at a north St. Louis County facility also stranded about a dozen of their trucks for several hours.
With the temperatures warming just a bit, crews went out with more salt and chemicals and try to free some of the most snow-packed areas. MoDOT hopes to have 90 percent of roads clear for the evening commute.