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Marie Elliott, Customer Relations Manager, 314-486-4203

February 16, 2014 04:13 PM
Freezing Rain could make Monday Morning Commute Challenging
Motorists in St. Charles, North County and North City advised to Delay Travel until Late Morning

ST. LOUIS, MO - Maintenance crews  at the Missouri Department of Transportation will be in Sunday at midnight to prepare for  freezing rain and icy conditions  that could mean a challenging Monday morning commute for motorists. Freezing rain is expected to move into the St. Louis region overnight, just in time to make morning rush hour difficult.  

The worst of this round of winter weather is expected to hit St. Charles, North St. Louis County and the northern part of the City of St. Louis. Motorists in those areas are advised to delay travel until late morning Monday if possible.

"The intensity of the storm is expected to be heaviest in the northern part of our district this time. That means road conditions could be worse in St. Charles, North St. Louis County and portions of the City of St. Louis. We have adjusted resources to prepare for this but if motorists in these areas can delay travel until late morning that will help, too," said MoDOT District Engineer Becky Allmeroth.

MoDOT crews will use a combination of salt brine, rock salt and beet juice (Geomelt) to improve area roadways during this storm.

One of the best ways to prepare for winter travel is to check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, located at http://www.modot.org/. The map offers real-time views of road conditions for Missouri's interstates and major highways. For smartphone and tablet users, MoDOT's Traveler Information App brings the same information to your mobile devices.

Travelers can also call MoDOT's toll-free customer service center at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Customer service representatives are available to give road conditions updates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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