Interstate 70 reopens in Missouri

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 7:27 a.m. CST; updated 9:06 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Snowplows travel westbound on Interstate 70 near the Stadium Boulevard exit in Columbia on Tuesday. Interstate 70 reopened Wednesday morning after being closed from Kansas City to St. Louis as a result of whiteout conditions. It was the first time in its history that the interstate was closed because of weather conditions.

ST. LOUIS — Interstate 70 is open again in Missouri.

The interstate reopened shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. It had been shut down Tuesday from Kansas City almost all the way to St. Louis because of whiteout and slippery conditions caused by the massive winter storm that struck much of the nation. The Missouri Department of Transportation said it was simply too dangerous to keep open. It was the first closing of the interstate in its history.

The state set up shelters at several locations along the interstate for stranded motorists.

By Wednesday morning, lines of semis sat waiting to get onto I-70.

Interstate 44 from Springfield to the Oklahoma border remained closed, and a MoDOT spokesman says it isn't clear when it will reopen.


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