JEFFERSON CITY - As the first heavy rains in several months move into mid-Missouri and Labor Day travelers take to the roads, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use extra caution when driving.
Not only is there is a danger of vehicles hydroplaning on wet roads, but low water crossings can quickly be covered by water, making them unsafe to cross. In addition, the recent dry weather has caused grease and engine oil to build up on roadways. The rain can cause that grease and oil to rise to the pavement surface, resulting in slick conditions.
"The rain is a welcome sight, but it also means drivers need to be alert to slick travel conditions," said Chief Engineer Dave Nichols. "We ask everyone on the roads to slow down, pay attention, and stay updated on the latest weather and road conditions this holiday weekend."
MoDOT has crews ready to respond this weekend should the heavy rain impact Missouri roadways.
"We encourage travelers to visit our Traveler Information Map before hitting the road," Nichols said. "The map gives the latest road conditions, so motorists can plan their trip accordingly."
The Traveler Information Map is located at http://www.modot.org/. Travelers can also call MoDOT's customer service center at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636). The toll-free telephone line is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week.