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December 18, 2016 12:10 PM
Extreme Temperatures Affecting Roadways
Many roads still icy

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Extremely low temperatures across northwest Missouri are affecting treatment of roadways. The Missouri Department of Transportation warns that while many roadways look clear, there may be patches of ice where the treatment has not had a chance to work. Conditions will be more treacherous on hilly and curvy roads. Black ice is still an issue in many areas and will continue to be until termperatures rise to a level where the applied treatments are affective.

"Crews have been working around the clock," said MoDOT Maintenance and Traffic Engineer Marty Liles. “but the ice and snow can’t melt without the help of Mother Nature.”

If you must travel, please use proper winter safety precautions. MoDOT reminds motorists to use extreme caution when driving even if roads appear to be clear.

To check road conditions including winter weather conditions and traffic speeds, please check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/. The map is also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.

Please wear your seat belt and don’t drive distracted. If you encounter car troubles or are involved in a crash, for your own safety, please remain in your vehicle and call for assistance.

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