Illinois Road Conditions Improve Statewide;
Motorists Still Advised to Take it Slow
Snow, Ice, Freezing Rain Cause Slick and
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) announced today that the condition of
roads and bridges are improving in some areas, but motorists are
still advised to use extreme caution when travelling in
Illinois. Currently, the majority of state routes have ice and
snow patches, with areas from Effingham to Champaign and
Jacksonville to Springfield snow and ice covered.
Roads are slick and dangerous in impacted areas,
and motorists should only travel if absolutely necessary.
IDOT has more than 860 trucks and more than
1,100 employees assigned to impacted areas to remove snow and
ice from state routes to help ensure the safety of the motoring
public. Due to current weather conditions, IDOT encourages
motorists who must travel to check the latest winter road
conditions and road closures at www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Currently, all roads are open. However, the Cave in Rock,
Kampsville and Brussels Ferries are closed due to ice. IDOT will
continue to monitor the winter weather statewide and respond
“IDOT winter weather crews are seeing road
conditions improve, but are still out in full force clearing
snow and ice from impacted areas,” said Illinois Transportation
Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Temperatures are expected to drop,
which will create very slick and dangerous road conditions.
Motorists are advised to only travel if absolutely necessary, to
take it slow, give plow drivers plenty of room to work, buckle
up and avoid distractions when behind the wheel.”
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
Those traveling by Amtrak trains are encouraged to call
800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com/alerts for Service Alerts and
Safety tips to remember:
Allow extra time for travel during the
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.
Be aware that black ice can form on roads
that appear clear and the unseen ice 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
route and schedule.
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 few extra blankets in your car, and
perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a
Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway
assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld
phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency
Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back
– it’s the law.
Check travel and road conditions routinely
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.