Plows and Salt Trucks Clean Up After Thanksgiving Storm

Nov 27, 2018

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Snow removal crews are active across Illinois in the wake of Monday's winter storm.

The main types of vehicles you'll probably see are snowplows and salt trucks. IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell says drivers should give these vehicles a wide berth, especially snowplows.

"They're higher up, their sight lines are not as good," he said. "You might see the plow but they might not see you. So we're just asking folks if they are out on the roads, and they do get in traffic with one of our plows, that they give them plenty of extra distance, more so than you would any other car."

Illinois stockpiles about 500,000 tons of salt statewide, and distributes it across major roads depending on weather conditions. Tridgell says running out isn't an issue.

"Salt deliveries occur throughout the winter," he said. "We have more than enough available and we'll keep in constant contact with our vendors to make sure that we do."

He also says to be ready for colder conditions and other potential storms over the next few months.