Road crews prep for winter storm

3 months 1 week 5 days ago January 13, 2017 Jan 13, 2017 Friday, January 13 2017 Friday, January 13, 2017 1:24:00 AM CST in News
By: Shanna Grove, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - Road crews throughout Missouri are out prepping ahead of ice storm

MoDOT issued a winter weather advisory for reduced travel in Missouri ahead of the storm. 

The department advised motorists to avoid travel in Missouri Thursday night through Sunday in anticipation for “incoming significant amounts of freezing rain, sleet and ice,” according to the news release.

The freezing rain is expected throughout the state and rush hour commutes for Friday morning will be largely impacted, according to MoDOT.

MoDOT crews will be out before the storm comes using a combination of chemicals and salt mixtures to treat the roads. 

Due to many university and college classes starting this upcoming Tuesday, MoDOT is encouraging students to avoid commuting this weekend and consider arriving after the ice storm has cleared. 

MoDOT asks that if a part of a highway is closed for extended amounts of time, for drivers to follow the warnings and exit the highway.

MoDOT offers a traveler information map for people to check road conditions, winter weather conditions and traffic speeds

In addition MoDOT is advising motorists to consider putting chains on cars if they have to travel when roads are icy. 

People should also use winter safety precautions and make sure to have a full tank of gas, extra blankets and gloves as well as water and snacks. 

MoDOT is encouraging drivers to wear seat belts, avoid driving distracted, leave plenty of space behind other cars and give snow plows room

If people have trouble with their cars or get into a crash, they should stay in the car, according to MoDOT

The City of Columbia is also prepping for the winter storm and Columbia's Public Works Department offered tips to be aware of. 

• If there are fallen tree limbs on the roads due to ice accumulation on the trees, to report them during business hours, call 573-874-2489. After hours call Boone County Joint Communications at 573-442-6131 to report road hazards (or 911 for emergencies).
• People can sign up for alerts from Boone County Joint Communications to receive emergency road closure notifications, crashes, etc. www.smart911.com
• People can sign up for Nixle alerts to know when to move your car off of designated snow routes and avoid possible towing/fines. To sign up text “COLUMBIAPW” to 888777.
• People can make the job easier for City, County and State plow crews if they move their cars off of roads and streets when storms begin or before they go to sleep
• Traffic signals may be impacted with weather causes a power outage. If this happens, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Passenger can call 573-874-2489 to report a signal that is out during business hours, or Boone County Joint Communications after hours.
• Sections of downtown parking garages may be closed if an ice event occurs and Public Works will share details if or when that happens. 
• Snow policies are also available at CoMoSnow.com
 

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