(KSDK) – Several drivers heading back to work the first time since a winter blast hit St. Louis over the weekend now must battle road conditions to and from work.
The Missouri Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation want drivers to take their time and drive slow with snow-packed roads and black ice conditions still wreaking havoc.
In Illinois, IDOT crews maintained roads Monday night into Tuesday morning and plans are to have a full arsenal of more than 195 trucks hitting the road, according to spokesman Joe Monroe.
Trucks began putting down salt and calcium chloride on the roads after sunrise as well as using brine units. However, drifting snow could continue to make problems as well as ramps that could be icy.
Temperatures have made for tough conditions on the road in Missouri as well as mechanical issues.
NewsChannel 5 reporter Farrah Fazal checks the midday road conditions for drivers.
According to the MoDOT district maintenance engineer, crews had problems with fuel jelling and plow trucks freezing up to the point where salt couldn't be released Tuesday night.
Trucks were placed under heaters throughout the night and now 80 percent of trucks are now working.
Icy ramps are a continued concern in Missouri, especially with more drivers hitting the road who might not have cleared their cars off that well.
Early morning accidents with long, slow moving traffic proved how treacherous the roads can be.
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A car blocked traffic on Interstate 70 westbound at Florissant as it flipped over on its side and had one lane open early Tuesday morning. There were also icy conditions reported on Interstate 64/40 at McKnight.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said that 8,000 tons of rock salt had been used on roads, which is more than what is used in entire winters at times. City of St. Louis officials estimate half of the city streets will be plowed, and it will take another 24 hours to get the rest done.