Although the calendar hasn’t turned to winter, the Missouri Department of Transporations is working to remind drivers to be patient.
Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with MoDot spokesperson Steve Porter about winter driving.
Porter says it’s best to stay put when the weather gets bad Porter says the deparment’s Traveler Information Map offers real-time information if needed.
The deparment also issued the following press release:
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – It doesn’t take even a flake of snow for winter to spoil your trip. Frost on bridges, even light freezing drizzle can change road conditions in the blink of an eye.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is ready as soon as winter weather threatens, but the department urges drivers to help all of us by exercising added caution when temperatures drop below freezing and moisture is in the air. Slowing down, driving with caution will help prepare you for when snow begins to fall.
And when the white stuff starts falling, make good decisions that may include putting off a trip.
“Wait until snow, sleet or freezing rain has ended if at all possible,” said Dan Niec, District Engineer. “Let our crews do their work. If you must be out during a snowstorm, stay safely behind our snowplows; don’t try to pass them.”
MoDOT’s crews will first clear the interstates and high-volume state routes, then tackle minor routes. Plow operators will work around the clock until snow routes – our highest traffic roads – are mostly clear and other roads are safe and passable. We prioritize snow removal routes by the type of road, number of travelers and regional significance to get traffic moving as quickly as possible.
MoDOT posts our Travel Information Map at modot.org. The Website map is updated continually as conditions change. Our customer service centers are staffed 24/7 so customers can speak with representatives for road condition information. The number is 888-275-6636. Kansas City Scout (kcscout.net) and the Traveler Information Map provide great information on travel conditions, giving you a real-time look at key interstate locations.
MoDOT will use these definitions to describe travel conditions:
o Closed: The road is impassible due to winter conditions.
o Covered: The road may have received some treatment and is passable with caution.
o Partly covered: The road has received some treatment but still has snow or ice on significant portions of the road. The road is passable with caution.
o Mostly clear/Near normal: The lanes of traffic are mostly clear with a small ribbon of snow on the road. The shoulders may not be clear.
Before each season MoDOT trains its snow equipment operators to safely, quickly and efficiently clear the highways, use the latest technical innovations to improve their skills and be cost effective. Computerized material delivery systems used today are far better at getting the right amount of deicer on the roadway. Salt brine pretreatment, using TowPlows on major highways and mixing beet juice with brine are just a few innovations MoDOT has pioneered.
Knowing when to plow, when to use salt and in the right amount manages resources. Did you know that one ton of salt and one ton of asphalt cost the same? By efficiently using salt and other chemicals, MoDOT can use those savings to create smoother, safer road pavements year around.
For more information about MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT’s Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to [email protected].