MoDOT, IDOT prepping roads ahead of late weekend winter storm

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-The threat for a dangerous wintery mix Saturday night into Sunday has area road crews on alert. MoDOT began preparing a couple of days ago, mapping out an attack plan. With the precipitation expected to start as freezing rain, crews have already begun pretreating using a salt brine and beat juice mixture that sticks easily to the roads.

Crews will get a rest overnight, and then more than 200 trucks will hit the roads Saturday evening. Crews will work on 12 hour shifts into Monday.

MoDOT’s advice to drivers, and we’ve heard it before, is to for people to stay home Sunday if at all possible.

Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT District Maintenance Engineer, says, “There is going to be very, very treacherous conditions. That layer of ice that comes down first, that’s not plowable. They only way to get that layer of ice down is to get a good layer of salt down. But the timing of the snow…if the snow starts falling and covers it up before that salt can work then we’re just pushing that salt back of.”

Besides the threat of ice and snow, Mother Nature will also be sending a dip in temperatures, making road clean up even tougher.

Allmeroth says, “On the tail end of the storm, Sunday night into Monday, we’re expecting the temperatures to be close to 10 degrees. And the salt really isn’t very effective below 25 degrees. So this is going to be a really tough storm to fight”

This storm will affect a large portion of the state, so shifting resources within MoDOT will not be possible. MoDOT is reaching out to contractors to make sure everything is covered throughout the storm.

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