MoDOT gives preparation tips before next round of winter weather

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – During the brief breaks in winter weather, Missouri Department of Transportation crews will continue to temporarily patch potholes caused by the continuous freeze/thaw cycle and perform routine maintenance to roadways.

MoDOT also encourages motorists to take time during the break in winter weather to prepare for the next round:

  • Replenish your car’s emergency kit. Consider adding an extra set of clothing, hand warmers, small bottles of water, and snacks to your usual supplies, just in case you get stranded and have to wait for help.
  • Download MoDOT’s app from your app store. The app is an interactive map that displays real-time road conditions, work zones, traffic congestion, cameras, weather radar and more, just by toggling on and off layers on the app menu.
  • Bookmark MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org/map. It has the same features as the app, plus links to other states’ road conditions, winter driving tips, and other information.
  • Follow MoDOT’s Northwest District on your favorite social media site. While it’s not the 24/7 source that the app and map are, we share important information and tips there often.

MoDOT reminds motorists that even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. While MoDOT works hard to treat and plow Missouri highways, it’s important to allow extra time for travel, change plans as needed, and to check road conditions before you head out. Remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:

  • Slow down.
  • Steer and brake gently.
  • Accelerate slowly at intersections.
  • Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt. Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
  • Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first. Cold air is able to circulate above and below these structures, making them the first to have slick spots, even from melting ice and snow.

MoDOT also provides road conditions information through their Customer Service Center at 888 ASK MODOT (888-275-6636).