Getting around on icy roads

By Anna Yee

January 30, 2013 Updated Jan 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As temperatures continue to drop, road crews are keeping busy.

Both City of Peoria and Illinois Department of Transportation trucks are ready to salt the roads.
 

Some crews have been pre-treating roads and bridges throughout the day before the pavement begins to freeze.
 

According to IDOT's latest statistics, more than 20,000 accidents occurred in 2011 on icy or snowy roads in Illinois.
 

Officials warn motorists to take heed, even if accumulations are minimal.

"Any time we have winter conditions, wet pavements, drop in temperatures, it's a hazard, regardless if it's a large amount or small amount," said David Haste, Streets/Sewers & Forestry manager for Peoria Public Works.

"It's important to remember when these types of weather situations come around that you do need to drive differently," said Brian Williamsen, local IDOT spokesperson. "Even though the speed limit might say a number, you should do less than that. You should really slow down and take it easy out there and give plenty of following distance."

Williamsen says IDOT salt trucks and snow plows will be on hand as long as they're needed.

To check highway conditions online, head to www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

For other IDOT updates, check out the department's social media sites:

www.facebook.com/IllinoisDepartmentofTransportation

www.twitter.com/IDOT_Illinois

www.youtube.com/user/IllinoisDOT

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