IDOT Winter Crews Tackle Snowy and Icy Conditions Statewide
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
announced today that road conditions in some areas of the state
are still snow and ice covered, making travel dangerous for
motorists. Currently, more than 1,300 trucks are assigned to
snow duty in impacted areas across the state, and nearly 1,440
employees are on the job to help ensure roads are clear and
passable. Currently, all state-maintained roadways are open.
“Our crews will continue to be out in full force statewide as
long as necessary to help ensure a safe commute for motorists,”
said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Due to
high winds, blowing and drifting snow is a major concern.
Motorists are encouraged to take it slow, give plow drivers
plenty of room, buckle up and avoid distractions.”
The National Weather Service forecasts extremely cold
temperatures the remainder of the day and into tonight. In the
Northern part of the state, heavy snowfall is expected to result
in snow covered roads and near white out conditions. Wind chills
as low as 10 to 20 below zero are still possible the remainder
of today and tonight. Wind chills 20 to 30 below zero are
possible Wednesday night into Friday morning. Periodic chances
for snow will continue this week into the weekend throughout the
state. For those traveling, check
www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest winter road
conditions and road closures.
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.