Major Roadways Clear On Sunday


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — “It was a lot worse last night coming home from the company Christmas party about 10 o’clock at night. Everything was slick,” said Brandon Unger.

But it was a different story on Sunday.

“The roads are fine right now. The ones we went on were okay,” said Leslie Davis.

MoDOT says 300 salt trucks treat state routes in Southwest Missouri. 45 of them in Springfield. Crews were out all night Saturday and into Sunday morning until about noon.  MODOT says they treated all they could given such low temperatures and that the sun helped melt some of the ice.

“MoDOT really did a good job,” said Rusty Satterfield.

While highways seemed to be clear and traffic flowing normally on Sunday, some shaded roads, county and neighborhood streets might still have had some slick spots.

“The main roads are pretty good, backroads, the side roads residential… it’s kind of slick, probably because it’s less traveled,” said Unger. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to more than 3,700 calls for service since Saturday morning. That includes more than 1,500 weather-related accidents across the state – 6 with fatalities just on Saturday.

In Troop D, there were 103 accidents, 26 injuries, and no fatalities.

MoDOT plans to be out on the roads again Monday morning to try and keep those roads safe. No new precipitation is expected but temperatures will stay low.

“It’s definitely cold out, I wouldn’t go outside without gloves on for sure,” Unger said.  

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