ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Since Thursday and Friday’s snow and sleet have been predicted for some time, MODOT and IDOT had plenty of time to prepare.
On both sides of the river, Department of Transportation crews have been treating the roads and bridges since Tuesday, preparing for the worst.
Still, Thursday morning’s freezing rain did cause some problems. Illinois State Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol dealt with several dozen accidents. One head-on collision in Illinois sent a victim to the hospital in critical condition.
Because of the morning’s precipitation, MODOT crews spent the afternoon re-treating the roads, trying to beat the rush hour traffic and the next wave of wintry weather.
MODOT District Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth says, “We’re expecting the rush hour this evening, and rush hour tomorrow morning, to be dicey, just very quick changing road conditions, so the best thing motorists can do is make sure they know before they leave the house what the weather and road conditions are.”
IDOT District 8 Operations Engineer Joe Monroe adds, “It looks like Mother Nature is going to throw everything at us, but the men and women behind the plows will do a good job like they always do, the forecast has been out there, we’re well prepared, we just ask that the motorists drive defensively, take as much time as they can.”
IDOT and MODOT workers will be pulling 12-hour shifts, working around the clock until all the roads are clear.