MoDOT urging drivers to stay off area roads

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR)- MoDOT crews have been out for hours plowing where needed and treating interstates and main thoroughfares with a rock salt/beet juice combination. That work has certainly been needed.

There have been lots of problems with crashes and spin outs and the company is urging drivers to be extra careful on the roads.

MoDOT says some ramps and roadways could still be partially snow covered or may have slick spots. A MoDOT spokesperson tells us full crews started at 10 p.m. Wednesday and they have been going ever since.

With full crews, more than 200 trucks are out on the roads.

While this hasn`t been a major snowfall, the timing of it during the morning commute did present some challenges.

MoDOT says the biggest issue going forward is not so much plowing but rather treating roads with very low pavement temperatures to try and prevent freezing. That prevention could certainly go a long way.

Sergeant Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol says troopers in our area have had well over 120 calls for service since midnight.

Around 100 of those calls have been for crashes.

While many of the wrecks have been minor, one person was killed in a crash along Highway 21 in Washington County.

MoDOT says just because you see pavement, don`t get over-confident and drive too fast for the winter conditions.

MoDOT will likely maintain full crews until 7 p.m. Thursday to make sure the roads are as safe as possible.