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February 08, 2010 12:00 AM
It's Déjà vu As More Snow Hits Missouri
Motorists Advised to Check Road Conditions Before Traveling

JEFFERSON CITY - Snow is covering many highways throughout the state, and with more of the white stuff expected to fall through the night, the Missouri Department of Transportation is advising motorists to limit travel as much as possible.  

If you do have to travel, the department urges you to plan ahead and check road conditions before you head out.  The latest road conditions are available at http://www.modot.org/ through MoDOT's Traveler Information Map.  The map shows routes in different colors ranging from clear, to partially covered, covered or closed to travel.  Travelers can also call MoDOT's toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT, to get road condition information.

"MoDOT crews will be out in full force battling this latest storm," said Jim Carney, MoDOT's state maintenance engineer.  "Still, if your plans call for travel, please keep one eye on the weather and the other on your safety."

Here are some basic travel tips to keep in mind:

*Buckle up.
*Drive slower than normal.

*Avoid hard braking and sudden turns to keep from sliding out of control.
*Make sure vehicle windows are cleared to ensure visibility.
*Use headlights.

* Increase following distance.
*Keep at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing or salting the road.

*Keep plenty of fuel in the tank and carry an emergency kit.
*Let someone know where you're headed.

MoDOT uses a priority system of routes to determine which roadways are cleared first to get traffic moving as quickly as possible. The following are priority levels for snow and ice-removal:

Priority 1: Highest traffic-volume roadways are cleared first, including interstates and other major routes. These roads receive continuous treatment throughout a storm.

Priority 2: Lower-volume, lettered or numbered routes are opened to two-way traffic and treated with salt at critical areas such as intersections, hills and curves.

After the storm during regular work hours, workers clean up accumulation on shoulders, bridge edges and interchanges.    

 

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