MoDOT Chief Apologizes for Road Conditions
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for the frozen mess in the St. Louis area caused by the light snowfall this week.
The people on the St. Louis-area highways were in a severe traffic jam for hours after snow began falling just before the morning rush hour on Thursday. The jam caused hundreds of wrecks.
MoDOT Chief Kevin Keith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was disappointed in the effort to clear roadways.
MoDOT decided not to pretreat interstates with a salt brine solution. Instead, crews filled trucks with rock salt and began spreading it when the snow began. They then planned to spread chemicals.
But it was too late and many roadways froze over.
Keith says he has already spoken with St. Louis-area officials about how to prevent similar breakdowns in the future.