Central Illinois road crews prepare for first major snowfall of the season

By Beau Ebenezer

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Public works and transportation officials think they will need to treat all of the roads, including busy streets and residential neighborhoods due to heavy snowfall.

The Peoria Public Works Department said 26 of their trucks will load-up Friday morning to get ready for a long night ahead.

They expect to plow the roads and treat them with salt throughout the night into Saturday morning.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will also have dozens of crews covering the interstates.

But they said there can be a problem if drivers don't allow enough space for plows to do their jobs.

"We are doing our best to clear the street," Peoria Public Works Sewer and Street Manager, David Haste. "We just need a little time to do it, and give us some room."

"It's a different driving experience," said IDOT Spokesperson, Brian Williamsen. "It is not the same, so pay attention to our crews. Plan on your trip taking longer than it would and don't rush."

Road crews also said a parking ban could go into effect on several streets and roads in Peoria Friday night.

They warn you to pay attention to signs and closings if you are out driving.

If you are planning on traveling in the snow, officials advise you to drive slower for conditions.

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