MoDOT Crews Clean-Up After Ice Storm
JEFFERSON CITY - All 14 of MoDOT's plows serving Cole County continued to salt roads, including the letter and number routes, Friday afternoon. MoDOT crews worked non-stop starting around 4 p.m. Wednesday. MoDOT crews continue to watch for ice patches and water refreezing on and near rural roads, dropping about 150 pounds of salt each mile.
Officials said the main highways, including Interstate 70 and and Highway 63, are clear for traveling. But some of the roads near Jefferson City have small patches of ice.
"We will continue to monitor the roadways until they are dry because as long as they are wet there is the potential for them to refreeze," said Mike Belt, MoDOT Maintenance Superintendent.
MoDOT uses a network of highway cameras at its maintenance offices in Jefferson City to monitor road conditions and the flow of traffic. Belt says 150 snow plows were out on roads in central Missouri since Wednesday afternoon.
Kent Howard, who drives one of the trucks in Cole County, says cleaning up icy roads is risky work.
"People sliding off the road, blocking roads where we can't get through to the other side, it's just the endless list of why we don't like ice," he said.
MoDOT says it will keep crews spreading salt on highways and rural roads until they are all clear and safe for drivers.