MoDOT officials said crews have been laying down a salt and sand mixture all day on Thursday. They plan to be out during the evening as long as it is slick. The sand being important, because as the temperatures drop the salt will be less and less effective.
Kevin James, MoDOT’s northeast district Assistant District Engineer said said even if roads were fine earlier Thursday, wet pavement may become icy during the evening.
“One of the biggest concerns we’re going to have tonight is the refreeze,” said James. “Even though the road maybe clear and wet today, as temperatures drop and the winds picks up we expect some refreeze to occur there.”
James said that’s the way it has been this winter, once roads are clear a new battle begins.
“When one storm ends you do what you can do to repair equipment, get material ready for the next storm and pretty much it’s been the next storm has already started without really a break,” said James.
James said if you have to be on the roads, slow down and, be extra cautious Thursday night and Friday morning.