MoDOT works all-nighter to prepare for morning rush

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – It will be an all-nighter for MODOT crews trying to keep one step ahead of the falling snow.

Tuesday night was slow going along Interstates 70, 270, and 64. The biggest challenge for MoDOT is that the snow was still falling, the temperatures had dropped, and the interstates were snowed over.

Exit the interstate, and you'll see a similar situation. The spinning back wheels of a car on Fifth Street in St. Charles spelled it out: slick, snow caked roads. No pavement was visible on Fifth Street, and no curbs to see on side streets.

"Most people don't know how to drive in the snow," said John Schwarz.

But he cannot only drive on it, he can move it out of the way as snow plower. But conditions aren't doing him any favors.

"Because of the blowing snow, you push it, you get it out of the way and it blows back in. The next thing you know, you gotta go back and do it again," he said.

Same for MoDOT on the interstate as 212 plows make pass after pass, spreading salt and sand.

Meanwhile, some businesses take action to keep people safe.

"We work at the Ameristar in housekeeping, so they put us away for the night so we wouldn't have to drive," said Cynthia Goodson.

More than 500 MoDOT employees total are working, many throughout the night. The priority is to clear up the roads for rush hour Wednesday morning.


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