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MoDOT offers tools to check road conditions in bad weather

December 19, 2012|edited news releases

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As winter weather moves into Missouri, here are some reminders and tools that drivers might be able to use.

MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, at www.modot.org, offers current views of road conditions for Missouri interstates and highways. Conditions for these routes are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance.  Users can zoom in to a particular location, view live weather radar and view images from MoDOT’s traffic cameras and message boards.

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 that 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 its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak to a customer service representative.  They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Remember that even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick with ice or snow.  While MoDOT works hard to treat and plow Missouri highways when winter weather hits, it’s important to allow extra time for travel and to check road conditions before you head out.

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Travel Conditions: Drivers should be prepared for suddenly changing road conditions as cold air moves in and rain changes to snow.  Also, visibility may be reduced due to blowing snow due to high winds:

1. Use extra caution and DRIVE ACCORDING TO CONDITIONS. It's easier to accelerate than it is to stop on slippery pavement.

2. Watch for snow plows and be prepared to stay back at least 100 feet so they can work and to keep salt from hitting your vehicle.

3. Remember that bridge floors will freeze first and could become slippery unexpectedly as temperatures drop.

Road Clearing: 

Once adverse weather moves in, MoDOT crews spread salt to treat slick areas.  Crews work round-the-clock to spread salt and other materials to keep the main roads driveable until the storm ends.

Driving Tips for Traveling on Conditions:
* Buckle up
* Slow down
* Avoid sudden stops and turns
* Increase following distance
* Make sure vehicle windows are cleared to ensure visibility
* Keep plenty of fuel in the tank and carry an emergency kit
* Use headlights
* Keep at least 100 feet behind a truck plowing/salting the road

Road Condition Information:

* MoDOT Customer Service: 1-888-275-6636

* MoDOT web site: www.modot.org/southwest

* Highway Patrol Road Conditions Hotline: 1-800-222-6400

* MoDOT's Southwest District on Facebook:

* MoDOT's Southwest District on Pinterest

* MoDOT's Southwest District on Twitter

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