The Watchdog

A wet road can become an icy road

Updated: 2013-11-23T20:38:35Z

The problem

Joe Applebury said he and his wife commute to their jobs on southbound Interstate 635 from their home in Lake Waukomis.

They have noticed a hazard at the curve just before the Missouri River bridge, close to where the ramp from Horizons Parkway enters the freeway.

“There is a water seepage/wet area in the roadway on a curve, and I believe this will be dangerous when colder/freezing temperatures arrive.”

He wonders if the Watchdog can get it repaired.

The answer

After the Watchdog contacted the Missouri Department of Transportation, maintenance superintendent Chris Sholl and his team investigated, confirmed the problem and started figuring out the most effective long-term solution.

“Water standing on the road raises concerns with MoDOT, and especially during winter, when below-freezing temperatures can create icy conditions,” said spokesman Steve Porter, who thanked Applebury for alerting MoDOT to the problem.

The agency has a toll-free number, 888-ASK-MODOT, that motorists can use to report problems directly.

The Watchdog says he’d be glad to help, but this isn’t a problem he can lick by himself.

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