Dropping temperatures could make roads icy

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A steady rain through the day and dropping temperatures produced patches of ice on some St. Louis region roads by 9 pm Saturday.  The worst areas were north along I-55 toward Litchfield, IL and in the Hannibal, MO and Quincy, IL area.  

MODOT road crews worked all day and into the night spreading salt and re-spreading it as the rain washed it away.  St. Louis City Street Division crews came on duty at 4pm. Forty-five trucks loaded with salt were stationed around town to be in position once the ground temperature reached 32 degrees.

Streets Director Todd Waelterman did order some pretreating of streets around the Edward Jones Dome where the Monster Truck Jam was scheduled and on the streets surrounding the Scott Trade Center where the Blues had a game.  ‘We`re thinking ahead trying to get the streets safe and keep people moving,’ Waelterman said.  He needed to get the salt spread before traffic became congested around the event venues.

Each single round of street salting uses 1000 tons of salt at a cost of $50,000.  ‘We`re in good shape,’ Waelterman said as he looked at his salt supply.  ‘We anticipate more salt coming in Monday. We just had a batch come in last Monday,  so so far we`re receiving it as we need it. We`ve got some spare salt’.

Meteorologists have warned the city there are more rounds of winter weather before the winter is over.

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