MoDOT chief apologizes for road conditions in St. Louis

Friday, January 13, 2012 | 9:21 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation is apologizing for the mess in the St. Louis area caused by the relatively light snowfall this week.

St. Louis-area highways were gridlocked for hours after snow began falling just before morning rush hour on Thursday. Hundreds of wrecks occurred.

MoDOT chief Kevin Keith told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was disappointed in the effort to clear roadways.

MoDOT decided not to pretreat interstates with a salt brine solution. Instead, crews filled trucks with rock salt and began spreading it when the snow began. They then planned to spread chemicals.

But it was too late and many roadways froze over.

Keith says he has already spoken with St. Louis-area officials about how to prevent similar breakdowns in the future.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.