Friday, February 22, 2013
MoDOT expert Linda Wilson Horn will answer your questions in the comments section on Friday, Feb. 22.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week, Patch teamed up with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to answer your road, construction and traffic questions. MoDOT Community Relations Coordinator Linda Wilson Horn has agreed to help us out. She will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Friday, Feb. 22. Have a question? Ask below!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sections of I-70 and I-64 are now closed.
- - - Updated at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday - - - O'Fallon Police advised at 3:30 p.m. that I-70 westbound is shut down at mile marker 214 at Lake St. Louis all the way to Hwy 40/64. It may take two hours to clear. At 3:40 p.m., MoDOT's traffic map indicated I-70 closed from exit 212 to Bryan Road, and I-64 from Hwy. 94 clear through West St. Louis county to I-270. - - - Original story - - - It's a mess out there. Today's sleet, ice and snow have St. Charles County emergency crews and police departments strained to their limits. Just listen to the scanner feed available at RadioReference.com for a few minutes, and it's immediately obvious that police have their hands full today. Just a few examples: Patch called O'Fallon police to ask about a…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
O'Fallon has seven trucks on the streets overnight to address issues caused by blowing snow and refreezing.
The City of O'Fallon saw the first snowfall of winter starting early Thursday, Jan. 12. According to the city's O'Fallon Snow Removal Twitter account, a two-man patrol reported at 10 p.m. on Wednesday night to begin preparing for the winter weather and monitor the road conditions. Snow began falling in O'Fallon around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. O'Fallon schools including the Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Dominic and Christian High Schools cancelled classes for the day due to the winter weather. O'Fallon crews had 28 trucks out clearing local roads during the day and addressing issues of blowing snow and refreezing on the streets. While Friday in O'Fallon is expected to be sunny with a high near 26 degrees, the city will likely …
Crews will work into the night, after slick roads and accidents prevented morning road treatments.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials said in news release Thursday afternoon, snow removal operations will be underway all evening and overnight. This news comes after messy morning roads throughout St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties. "We have full crews (204 trucks) throughout the St. Louis region focusing on re-treating every interstate and major route with salt, chemicals and beet juice before rush-hour. Chemicals have to be used with salt to be effective in these low 20's temperatures to break up any icy patches," MoDOT stated in the news release. "MoDOT is re-plowing areas as needed with the wind gusts blowing some snow back on the roads. We will continue to have full crews working until all roads are mostly …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
With wind gusts predicted, visibility could drop to zero. If that happens, MoDOT officials say even their plows will have to stay off the roads.
Missouri Department of Transportation officials are urging residents to get wherever they need to be to wait out the coming storm by noon. After that, they say, roads will only get worse. “The morning rush hour is going to be the best conditions we see all day,” said Becky Allmeroth, district maintenance engineer. Allmeroth said current forecasts call for a heavy band of snow to hit the metro area in a few hours. The storm could drop up to two inches of snow per hour. She said west and north St. Louis County, as well as St. Charles County could see the snow as soon as 10 a.m. A blizzard warning is in effect for the metro area, with wind gusts predicted to reach up to 35 mph. Allmeroth said that warning is rare. “In my 15 years with MoDOT, …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Sgt. Al Nothum discusses St. Charles County roadways.
Creve Coeur Patch editor Gregg Palermo interviewed Sgt. Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) about road conditions Thursday morning. For up-to-date information on road conditions, see MoDOT's road condition map.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Over three inches of snow fell in O'Fallon during Monday's winter storm.
Snow began covering streets in O’Fallon Monday afternoon and continued until early Tuesday morning. According to the National Weather Service, the O’Fallon area received just over three inches of snow during the winter storm. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the St. Charles County area until noon. Snow showers in O'Fallon are expected to continue throughout the day in O'Fallon, with a chance of flurries tonight. The National Weather Service advises drivers to take it slow and be aware that blowing snow will create reduced visibility on roads. The Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Dominic High School and Christian High School cancelled classes on Tuesday due to the inclement weather. O’Fallon Public Works crews have been …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
O’Fallon Public Works, MoDOT crews advise drivers to take it slow.
Overnight icy rain and freezing temperatures have left slick road conditions in O'Fallon and across the St. Louis area on Thursday morning. Fort Zumwalt School District cancelled classes for the day due to the inclement weather. City Engineer Steve Bender said Public Works has more than 80 percent of O'Fallon's streets treated. "Right now we're chasing down areas that are refreezing," he said. "That was our main focus, getting the salt down." Public Works crews began pre-treating city roads on Wednesday afternoon and had full 34 truck crews out after 10 p.m. Bender said the city's first focus is on arterial streets like Mexico and Bryan Roads, then collector streets like Sonderen and Pitman. From there they clear the residential areas. "…