MoDOT responds after Sunday morning's icy roads cause havoc

Dozens of crashes reported throughout the area

Maria Keena
February 11, 2019 - 7:54 am

Photo provided/Rock Community Fire Protection District

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Freezing rain created sheets of ice on area roads and highways Sunday morning, causing numerous crashes in the process.

MoDOT District Maintenance Engineer Bob Becker explains happened from the road crews' point of view.

"We had crews out at midnight, then it came it at 3 in the morning. We got a treatment down, then the rain came down and washed off that treatment. It froze, then we made our cycles, put our treatment down, it melted, rain washed it off, and it froze again. It was a continuous cycle yesterday."

Becker explains there was little they could do due to the driving rain.

"We use treated salt, but it's only good as long as its there. The intensity when it was coming down yesterday would wash that off the road and we wouldn't have any material there, so it'd refreeze again. We had full crews out yesterday, we were doing what we could. When its straight rain, it washes everything off the roads and its difficult to keep up."

Roads stayed clear of ice, for the most part, Monday morning, though areas north of St. Charles County had patchy ice depending on where you were.