Slick conditions causing crashes. Nearby alternates unavailable due to crash/closure. Find alternate route. US 36 BLOCKED in both directions at Monroe City

A crash closed all lanes of US 36 at Monroe City this morning.

Backups are already measured in miles.

Normally, we would advise westbound travelers to divert to US 61, but there is a crash south of New London blocking the southbound lanes for several miles. Missouri Route H is closed between Center and Rennselaer due to impassable conditions.

Those who can should delay travel until crews can gain the upper hand on the conditions. Very cold temperatures are impeding the ability of salt chemicals to melt the glaze on pavement. Sunlight will help.

If you must travel and can change your intended route, think south. Interstate 70 and US 50 are in better condition everywhere but in western Missouri. Folks planning to travel in the Kansas City area are best served by waiting until current conditions improve.