A winter storm of “historic” proportions is bearing down on Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Transportation says it’s geared up to battle the ice, snow and heavy winds forecast to batter the state today through Wednesday.
“Our crews are ready to give it their all,” MoDOT Director of System Management Don Hillis said. “We’re looking at significant snow accumulations, ice, heavy winds and bitter cold, so this storm is definitely going to be a challenge. We’ll be out in full force doing all we can to clear the roads. We ask the public to work with us by limiting travel as much as possible in the next few days.”
MoDOT is coordinating its emergency response operations with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency and other partners. As with all winter storms, MoDOT will treat the highest-traveled major roads first until they are mostly clear. All the remaining less-traveled roads will be plowed to allow for safe travel concentrating on hills, curves and intersections.
If you do have to travel, MoDOT urges you to plan ahead, take your time and know what you’re up against by checking local news sources and the department’s Traveler Information Map. Located at www.modot.org, the map gives drivers an up-to-the-minute view of road conditions for major Missouri highways. Conditions for major routes across the state are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance.
Travelers can also call MoDOT’s toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT, to get road condition information.