Crews, residents brace for quickly changing road conditions

Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 6:23 AM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - A storm pushing winter precipitation into the Tri-State Thursday morning is sparking a wave of preparations among local road crews and residents.

Quincy residents on their way home from work early Thursday morning said they were glad the roads and sidewalks were clear.

They said they were concerned that when the ice and snow started to add up, their neighborhoods won’t not be clear and travel could be difficult.

Workers at Underbrink’s Bakery in Quincy said they decided to play their opening of the store by ear.

“We were expecting to have a little more than this so we aren’t sure whether to open up our business and let people come in,” baker Mike Carico said.

WGEM News talked to Quincy Central Services director Kevin McLean early Thursday morning. He said crews began pre-treating roads and laying salt down around 5:00 a.m.

He said they plan to be out around the clock until Thursday when roads get cleared. He said their priority will be clearing main roads and emergency snow routes first.

MoDOT engineer Brian Unteid said they did have their equipment prepared and were monitoring roads early Thursday morning.

He said roads further to the west in communities like Macon and Kirksville were already covered just after 5:00 a.m..

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