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Edited news release from MoDOT:
The latest forecast of winter weather means Missouri Department of Transportation crews are carefully monitoring road conditions and they’re ready to plow and treat state routes as needed through the New Year’s Day holiday.
MoDOT places the highest priority on roads with the highest traffic volumes, such as interstates, U.S. highways, and other high volume state routes. MoDOT will plow loose snow and treat the hills, curves, and intersections of lower volume lettered or numbered routes as needed.
Motorists should use caution and check road conditions before they travel. Even a light snowfall can cause roads to become slick. Remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:
· Slow down.
· Steer and brake gently.
· Accelerate slowly at intersections.
· Allow plenty of distance 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.
One of the best ways to be prepared is to check road conditions before you go. MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map provides current road conditions for Missouri’s interstates and major highways. Conditions for these routes are color-coded to give users the information they need at a glance.
For smartphone and tablet users, the recently-upgraded Traveler Information App brings the same information to mobile devices. Users can even create a “My Routes” text report that allows them to make a custom list of the routes they travel most. The app is available for free from the iPhone and Android app stores by searching for “MoDOT.”
MoDOT also provides road conditions information through our Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak to one of our expert customer service representatives. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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