MoDOT reminds motorists to be cautious in inclement weather.


Winter weather is moving into the area and the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be extra cautious in inclement weather.
Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation are prepared and ready to treat Missouri highways if and when the ice or snow comes, a news release from MoDOT stated.
During winter weather events, MoDOT adjusts its practices to deal with each specific storm and focuses on getting roads drivable in bad weather.  
MoDOT is responsible for approximately 8,228 lane miles of state highway in the mid-Missouri area and has set priorities for which roads to clear first.
Roads with the highest traffic volumes are plowed or treated first.  These roads include interstates, U.S. highways, such as U.S. 63 and U.S. 54, and other high-volume roads, which receive ongoing operations throughout a storm.  
MoDOT will plow loose snow and treat the hills, curves, and intersections of lower volume lettered or numbered routes. After the storm, workers clean up accumulation on shoulders, bridge edges, and interchanges during normal working hours.
MoDOT encourages motorists to slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions; avoid braking or accelerating quickly; find out about driving conditions before you go; and buckle up every time you travel.
Log onto www.modot.org to view the online Traveler Information Map, which gives drivers an updated view of weather-related road conditions for major Missouri highways.
Motorists can also call MoDOT’s customer service center for road conditions at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free phone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.