June 23, 2011
Motorists in central Missouri may soon notice the preparations the Missouri Department of Transportation is making for the possibility of flooded state routes.
According to a news release from MoDOT, crews have started preparing routes that will serve as detours if major highways near the Missouri River flood in the mid-Missouri area. Crews are installing posts and placing the detour signs on the ground in these locations, so they can be quickly positioned should floodwaters cause closures.
MoDOT has also prepared road barriers, sand bags, portable message signs and other equipment that may be needed.
“We would like to remind everyone that we close state routes when the water makes them impassable,” MoDOT Area Engineer Alan Trampe said in the news release. “Motorists should never attempt to drive around a barrier or cross a water-covered roadway.”
Drivers who encounter rapidly rising waters should turn around and find another route. If a route is blocked by barricades, find another route. Barricades are in place to protect travelers from unsafe conditions. Driving around them can be a serious risk.
Motorists can find the location of highways closed by water on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available at modot.org. Detours for closures on interstates and U.S. routes can be found at modot.org/flooding, along with other flood information.