WINTER WEATHER UPDATES: Jackknifed tractor-trailer closes Highway 124
LINK: Closures and delays
Boone County emergency dispatchers say Highway 124 is closed near Brown Avenue in Hallsville due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer.
Further details were not immediately available. It was not known how long the outage would last.
A section of highway in County Audrain was closed Friday afternoon due to “an incident north of Laddonia near the ethanol plant,” the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
Highway 54/19 north of Laddonia could be closed for two hours, MoDOT said.
The drivers were being diverted onto routes J, B and KK, says the agency. The MoDOT warned that roads in the area were still covered in ice and snow. Details of the incident were not immediately available, but Highway Patrol said a two vehicle accident happened in this area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that soldiers have responded to more than 40 calls for service since midnight.
Troopers received at least 16 calls for stranded drivers and 19 calls for crashes without injuries, according to a Twitter post from the Highway Patrol.
So far this morning, F Troop has received 41 calls for service. This includes 16 stranded motorists and 19 crashes with no injuries.
Many roads are still covered in ice, so be careful if you have to go out. pic.twitter.com/HYrVD5LWND
– MSHP Trooper F (@MSHPTrooperF) February 18, 2022
Highway Patrol also warned drivers on Friday of icy road conditions in Mid-Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning drivers of traffic delays on westbound Interstate 70 in Columbia due to stuck tractor-trailers.
Stuck vehicles are causing backups near the I-70/Highway 63 connector to mile marker 131, the agency said. The MoDOT travel map indicates that an accident in this area results in a delay that could last an hour.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said soldiers have been dispatched to 1,602 calls statewide since midnight, including 649 blocked drivers and 480 accidents with 40 injuries. No one died in accidents on state highways during the storm.
Boone County emergency dispatchers have sent an alert for an accident at the 126.7-mile terminal of westbound Interstate 70 near Providence Road.
Further details were not available. The alert did not say the road was closed.
MoDOT is warning drivers of potential delays after a Friday morning crash on Interstate 70 in Columbia.
Boone County Joint Communications sent an alert around 8:25 a.m. about the crash in the eastbound lanes near Mile 125. The eastbound passing lane of I-70 is blocked, according to the alert. .
MoDOT’s traveler information map showed at 8:29 a.m. that drivers should expect delays in the area for at least an hour. Further details on how many vehicles were involved in the accident or whether anyone was injured were not immediately available.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s F Troop responded to dozens of calls for duty Thursday.
Troopers received 174 calls for service, including 88 stranded drivers and 47 accident investigations, according to the Highway Patrol.
Troop F received 174 calls for duty yesterday. This includes soldiers responding to 88 stranded motorists and investigating 47 vehicle accidents, including two with injuries. pic.twitter.com/GVEggLY4GX
– MSHP Trooper F (@MSHPTrooperF) February 18, 2022
Soldiers said two of the crashes resulted in injuries. The conditions of the victims were not immediately available.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s F Troop is headquartered in Jefferson City.
The City of Columbia reports that a 31-person snow plow crew reported to work around 7 a.m. Friday.
Snow removal crews plan to treat and clear residential streets throughout the day, according to Columbia’s Department of Public Works. Snowplow trucks also plan to return to certain priority routes through the city to help break up the snowpack.
As temperatures rise Friday morning, some snowplow trucks will return to clearing priority streets as the snowpack begins to break up. This is when the snow on the roadway will start to fluff and melt and will need to be cleared away.
— Columbia Public Works (@pub_works) February 18, 2022
LINK: City of Columbia Snow and Ice Management Website
The Public Works Department also plans to lift Columbia’s parking restriction on snowy roads later Friday. Drivers who leave their vehicles parked on priority snow roads are subject to possible fines and towing charges.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reported poor road conditions in central Missouri Friday morning.
Interstate 70, Highway 54, Highway 63 and other roads are still covered in snow and ice, according to the department’s Traveler Information Map website. MoDOT tweeted snow removal crews who worked through the night to treat and clear local roads.
❄️18/02/22 04:30 WINTER ROAD CONDITION UPDATE ❄️
Crews worked through the night to clear the district’s roads. There are still plenty of covered roads and ice will likely still be a factor for the journey, especially on bridges and overpasses. #BUPD #MidMoWx pic.twitter.com/Mzfj1EsHRT
— MoDOT Central District (@MoDOT_Central) February 18, 2022
The department asked drivers in Mid-Missouri to watch out for snow-covered roads and ice when driving Friday morning. MoDOT warned that drivers could find slippery conditions on bridges and overpasses.
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