Roadway Conditions Improve Statewide; Winter Weather
Crews Begin Clean-Up Process
All State Roads are Open; Crews Prepare for More
Snowfall in Illinois
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road conditions have
improved statewide, however, some roadways are still snow and
ice covered, mostly eastern Illinois. Currently, all
state-maintained roadways are open. IDOT winter weather crews
will continue to plow and salt to ensure that roads are clear
and safe for motorists.
“We have made significant progress with the
slightly warmer temperatures and we are starting to see major
road improvements throughout the state, but roadway segments are
still dangerous in some areas,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT winter weather crews are
completing work on primary state routes, moving to secondary
routes and starting the clean-up process to prepare for the next
anticipated precipitation. Due to blowing and drifting snow and
scattered slick spots, motorists should continue to use extreme
caution when traveling as those isolated slick spots tend to
sneak up on drivers.”
The National Weather Service forecasts light
snow and a chance of rain and freezing drizzle in areas
statewide as the week progresses. A slight potential for
flooding exists in some areas this weekend, due to increasing
temperatures, melting snow and expected rainfall.
For those who must travel, check
www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest winter road
conditions and road closures. Current closures, as of Wednesday
afternoon, include the Fairmont Avenue Bridge over I-55/70 in
Collinsville, the Brussels and Kampsville Ferries and the
Homestead rest area (NB).
Currently, IDOT has 1,755 trucks assigned to
snow duty across the state, and nearly 3,700 full- and part-time
employees available to help ensure roads are clear and passable.
IDOT will continue to monitor the weather and plan accordingly.
Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when
snow and ice affect roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when
absolutely necessary during winter storms or when temperatures
are extremely low. During the severely cold weather expected,
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises that Illinois
residents limit exposure to cold temperatures, dress in layers,
check in on others who may need additional assistance, keep
vehicles in good repair, and bring pets indoors. For a list of
warming centers in Illinois, visit
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.