Metro East snow storm cleanup

10:56 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - Road crews are starting to make some progress in the Metro East. The Illinois Department of Transportation hopes to have the roads cleared by the Friday morning commute.

IDOT is working around the clock to make that happen, even in hardest hit areas like Jersey, Green and Calhoun counties.

But the snow isn't the problem -- it's the ice. First sleet arrived in Collinsville, then snow, followed by freezing rain, then a brief respite from the elements. But the rains returned, and it has been a similar story throughout the region.

IDOT officials said they are concerned the rain will complicate the clean up but workers are doing everything they can to make sure everyone is safe. They're plowing and treating the roads with salt and are making slow but steady progress.

IDOT spokesman Joe Monroe said Randolph and Washington counties were hardest hit by ice.

Monroe said IDOT has 180 drivers on the roads spread out across 11 counties, and about 250 employees on-hand total. IDOT is working hard to make sure people have a safe commute Friday morning and is cautioning drivers to exercise caution when driving near snow plows.


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