JEFFERSON CITY — While nasty weather has done a good job of dodging Mid-Missouri so far this winter, the region was bracing again Saturday.
With ice and snow Saturday night, Missouri Department of Transportation officials are asking drivers to be sure to check the department's Traveler Information Map at modot.org, if they must travel.
"The storms we've experienced recently have been a little unpredictable, and road conditions can change quickly, so one of the ways you can get a good idea about what's happening on Missouri highways is to check our Traveler Information Map," MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer said.
That website can be found at modot.org, Shafer added.
This map shows whether roads are clear, mostly clear, partly covered or covered. In addition, the map displays real-time traffic flow and provides views of traffic cameras showing real-time interstate travel at various locations. Visitors to the map can also take a look at the messages displayed on the electronic message boards located on the Interstates 70 and 44 corridors.
MoDOT also offers a toll-free customer service line that is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A customer service representative can be reached at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
"If you can stay home, that's the best plan, but we know that's not always possible," Shafer said. "That's why it's a good idea to plan ahead, allow extra time for your travels and drive with caution, which means slowing down, buckling up and putting down your phone."
MoDOT crews will carefully monitor road conditions and treat and plow state-maintained bridges and overpasses as needed.
Motorists should be aware bridges and overpasses generally freeze first, so they should use caution, reduce speed and brake gently in these areas.
"Even a little precipitation can cause slippery roads, so drivers need to be alert and drive for the conditions," Shafer said.