MoDOT, IDOT preparing for icy road conditions

TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KPLR)- As the potential ice storm approaches, road crews and law officers are doing all they can to prepare for the wintry weather. MoDOT, the Missouri Highway Patrol and AAA spoke earlier today about the incoming storm at MoDOT`s Transportation Management Center in Town and Country.

MoDOT called the storm a potentially historic event. Crews plan to pre-treat all of MoDOT`s roadways today by using a mixture of salt brine and beet juice.

MoDOT will keep some crews overnight then have full crews with other 200 trucks available by 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

IDOT`s Joe Monroe tells us his crews are also pre-treating with a brine mix today as well. The company has about 200 trucks ready for Friday.

The goal is not to have a repeat of what happened back on December 16th. That`s when an ice event led to gridlocked traffic for hours. There were several crashes with cars spinning out and skidding off roads.

Both the Missouri Highway Patrol and Illinois State Police are urging drivers to stay off the roads if possible when the storm moves in.

Authorities say if you are going to be out driving during the storm, make sure you have a full tank of gas and a charger for your cell phone in case you get stuck somewhere for an extended period of time.