Road conditions in the Heartland 1/12 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Road conditions in the Heartland 1/12

The Brookport Bridge is closed due to icing on the bridge deck. (Source: KYTC) The Brookport Bridge is closed due to icing on the bridge deck. (Source: KYTC)
I-57 was covered in sleet Friday morning. (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) I-57 was covered in sleet Friday morning. (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)
(Source: Cape Girardeau PD, Facebook) (Source: Cape Girardeau PD, Facebook)
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A number of law enforcement agencies are saying if you don't have to travel on Friday night, stay indoors.

Dave Wyman with MoDOT said they've have a lot major roads are pretty much back to normal -  Highway 60/67 - Interstate 57 and I-55.

The trouble spots are going to be the lettered routes. He said those are still snow packed and in poor condition.

Crews are working tonight doing what they can with the black ice and refreeze. They can't do a lot of night because of the cold.

They're hoping to get some material spread before noon Saturday and hope to have the road system they manage cleared off by Saturday evening if the weather cooperates.

Meanwhile, Keith Miley over with IDOT said  60 percent of the roads in southern Illinois are still snow and iced covered

They play on working into the night and even harder on Saturday.

The main focus right now is going to be along Ohio River, the south part of I-24 and in the area.

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  • In Illinois, you can click here to check the IDOT winter road conditions map.
  • Check the road conditions in Kentucky by clicking here for the KYTC map.

Missouri

As of 9:30 a.m., Cape Girardeau police reported that the on and off ramps at I-55 and William are slick and some drivers are having issues. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area.

At 1 p.m. police said roadways are dusted with snow and scattered with patchy ice. Secondary roads and overpasses are particularly slick. Please drive with extreme caution. Attempt to stay on primary roads, if possible.

Be cautious when traveling on Interstate 55 in Perry County, Missouri, both northbound and southbound. Roadways are slick due to weather conditions, according to EMA.

Crews will work this evening, but we now do not expect to be able to get every street clear down to the pavement. Please be careful if you have to go out. 

Closed roads and bridges:

Kentucky

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the US 45 Ohio River "Brookport Bridge" is closed due to icing on the bridge deck. The bridge has a metal grate deck that cools down quickly and allows ice to form on the steel. Drivers can self-detour via the I-24 Ohio River Bridge.

Many Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews in District 1 and District 2 will be going on standby status during the overnight hours. Some counties will have a skeleton crew on duty to repair and maintain equipment, as well as be available for emergency response.

Low temperatures expected to be in the lower teens during the overnight hours mean that salt and other ice-fighting chemicals will become less effective. 

Plus, personnel that reported as early as Midnight Thursday have reached their federally mandated 16 hour limit for being on the road. Crews will go home tonight, rest well, then report back starting at 6 a.m., CST, Saturday, to ramp up ice-fighting efforts during the warmer daytime temperatures when those efforts are more likely to be rewarded.

Snow and Ice Team concerns during the overnight hours include the potential for drifting snow created by winds in the 15 mile per hour range.  With even colder low temps expected Saturday night, highway crews will be focused on plowing and salting as many miles of highway as possible before dark Saturday.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid overnight travel.  Those who do stay on the road are urged to be fully prepared for what they face should their vehicle be involved in a crash or become disabled.  Motorists should slow down and use abundant caution.

Marshall County reports a major traffic backup Friday evening at the Southbound Purchase Parkway Exit 41 ramp to the US 641 Spur Southbound in Marshall County. Traffic is having difficulty getting up the ramp. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is also updating the public on its Facebook page about road conditions.

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