Roads Cleared, But Still Slick After Biggest Storm In 30 Years

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(KTVI) – Many Missouri roads were passable, though slick, at the start of the Monday morning rush hour.

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation had been working all day and night from Sunday into Monday, gang plows hitting interstates and state roads.

As messy and inconvenient as this storm was for drivers, it was not the ice storm the paralyzed drivers in February.  Also, the Sunday storm fell on roads that were relatively empty because of the weekend, so plows had a lot more room to get their work done.

Still, there were several accidents, including a jackknifed tractor trailer that shut down Interstate 70 at Mid-Rivers Mall Driver and two jackknifed trucks on Interstate 44.  That was Sunday.

Around 3:00am Monday, our Mazda Roadrunner Bobby Hughes found two accidents on Interstate 55.  Cars spun out at I-55 and Loughborough in south St. Louis City and I-55 and Weber Road in south St. Louis County.

The roads were pretty clear, but proved a point that MoDOT stressed every time snow has fallen in the area:  The roads might have seemed clear, but were still wet and slick.

In some areas to the north, the roads were still covered.  So, officials urged drivers to give each other plenty of room and leave early for work.  The commute would be a slow go.

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – IDOT crews were out all night long into Monday morning trying to get roads clear on the Illinois side of the river.

IDOT spokesperson Joe Monroe says all state roads are passable, but there are some sketchy areas.

Monroe says IDOT crews have been working non-stop since 2:00am Sunday.

There have been some crashes but Illinois State Police say they have seen nothing too serious.

Monroe says 150 trucks have been out all night with 180 workers.

He says the biggest problem areas are north of Interstate 70: specifically, northern Madison and Bond counties along with Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties.

Monroe says snow blowing back onto roads has been one of the most challenging issues.

After sunrise, IDOT increased the amount of trucks on the road to 175 with about 200 workers.

The focus of IDOT plows will be north of I-70.

Three IDOT plows have been hit by cars since the storm started. There have been no serious injuries, but it’s just another reminder to give the plows room to work. Those three plows were put right back into service without any major damage.

Some good news is the fact the temperatures have remained near 32 degrees. Salt works well in this temperature range, so road crews have continued to salt roads as they plow.  They could not pretreat the roads over the weekend because the rain that fell before the snow washed away anything on the roads.

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