Extreme cold slows progress for MoDOT crews - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Extreme cold slows progress for MoDOT crews

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Water woes in Thebes

    Water woes in Thebes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:59:33 GMT
    A water main break kept folks in Thebes from doing dishes, taking showers for over 24 hours and they were never told exactly when it was going to be turned back on.It started with a warning from the city.
    A water main break kept folks in Thebes from doing dishes, taking showers for over 24 hours and they were never told exactly when it was going to be turned back on.It started with a warning from the city.
  • Boil water order issued in Murphysboro

    Boil water order issued in Murphysboro

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:37:19 GMT
    A boil water order has been issued for the 1900 block of Walnut in Murphysboro. This does not include Jack's Meat Market.
    A boil water order has been issued for the 1900 block of Walnut in Murphysboro. This does not include Jack's Meat Market.
  • I-Team: Would expanding Medicaid help the thousands in MO living without insurance

    I-Team: Would expanding Medicaid help the thousands in Mo. living without insurance?

    I-Team: Would expanding Medicaid help the thousands in Mo. living without insurance?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:36:12 GMT
    About half of the states have made the decision to expand Medicaid. Missouri lawmakers are currently debating the matter in Jefferson City. How will what legislators decide impact the state, and those currently living without health insurance?
    About half of the states have made the decision to expand Medicaid. Missouri lawmakers are currently debating the matter in Jefferson City. How will what legislators decide impact the state, and those currently living without health insurance?
MISSOURI (KFVS) -

While Missouri Department of Transportation crews have been working around the clock across the Southeast District, they say making progress in the extremely cold temperatures continues to be a challenge.

"Today, we focused our attention on our major routes and slowly made progress," said MoDOT Southeast District Maintenance Engineer Jeff Johnson. "But I do not want to present an overly optimistic view of our roads."

According to Johnson, many of the major routes in the Southeast District are currently considered partly covered, with some areas considered covered.

"The Southeast District's minor routes are currently covered, and I do not anticipate a significant change overnight," Johnson said.

He explained the bitterly cold temperatures have greatly reduced the effectiveness of the salt and other snow-melting materials. At 30 degrees, one pound of salt will melt approximately 46 pounds of ice, but that same pound of salt will melt less than four pounds of ice when it's zero degrees.

"We will start to see more progress throughout Tuesday, once the temperatures begin to rise," Johnson said. "I want to encourage Missourians to use extreme caution if considering heading out for their Tuesday morning commute."

You can click here to visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map.

For smartphone and tablet users, MoDOT's Traveler Information App brings the same information to your mobile devices. It is available for free at the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.

Before heading out, travelers can also pick up the phone and call MoDOT's toll-free customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). Customer service representatives are available to give road conditions updates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.