IDOT Winter Weather Crews Tackle First Storm of New Year
Snow Removal Efforts Underway Statewide to Ensure Motorist Safety
CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) announced today that its frontline winter
road crews are working around the clock statewide plowing and
salting to keep roads clear and passable today and into the
weekend. On Tuesday, IDOT crews began pre-treating state roads
and bridges in anticipation of the storm, and will continue to
monitor the weather to respond accordingly. IDOT wants to urge
motorists to drive defensively and safely in this winter
“IDOT crews are working diligently around the
state to ensure roads are clear and safe,” said Illinois
Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “With the continuous
snowfall in some areas and anticipated below freezing
temperatures, we ask motorists to take extra precautions and
only travel if absolutely necessary, slow down, buckle up and
stay off their cellphones.”
Currently, IDOT has 1,290 trucks and more than
1,400 employees throughout the state responding to the storm.
IDOT districts with winter weather warnings still in place this
evening will bring in additional employees to work the night
shift. IDOT is also redirecting resources, as needed, to
accommodate areas with higher levels of snowfall.
During the severely cold weather expected, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises that Illinois
residents limit exposure to the cold temperatures, dress in
layers, check in on others who may need additional assistance
and bring pets indoors.
Other safety tips to remember:
Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow
operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them,
but they may not see you.
Allow extra time for travel during the
Watch out for black ice on roads that appear
clear but can be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching
intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas - all are
prone to black ice, which is often invisible.
Always keep your gas tank at least
two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from
Do not travel during bad weather unless
absolutely necessary - if you do have to make a trip, check
the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel
Always carry an emergency car care kit that
contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield
washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material,
blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.
Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway
Always wear a safety belt.
Motorists are urged to check travel
conditions before any trip. You can get road condition
information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois
Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at
www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter
road conditions” icon.