IDOT tries to contain icy roads

By Beau Ebenezer

IDOT tries to contain icy roads

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The snow coupled with high winds is causing dangerous driving conditions.

Salt and plow trucks are staying busy trying to keep up with the blizzard that will extend throughout the night.

Trucks headed out early Thursday afternoon to lay down salt for a pre-treatment for the snow we're seeing now.

IDOT's Morton yard also has 20 trucks out covering I-74 and highways.

IDOT officials says they're working hard to keep the roads clear throughout the night and accident free throughout the night.

"We have several short circuit cameras set up throughout the Peoria area where we can monitor the traffic going on as well as the weather conditions and road conditions," said IDOT Highway Operations Engineer Derek Parish.

"This is a routine snow storm so it's what we do everyday, this type is. It's just the first one so we have to get all the kinks worked out with the trucks and the people," said IDOT Maintenance Field Technician, Dale Hiles.

Officials are warning drivers to slow down and leave more space for the vehicle in front of you.

Drivers are also reminded to stay clear of snow-plows and give them space to do their jobs.

If possible, try to avoid driving in the conditions.

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