(KTVI)– Fox 2 took an extensive highway tour in Illinois, Monday night: from the JB Bridge, through Columbia and Fairview Height out to Nashville about 60 miles east.
With below zero temps and wind chills near -20 , the packed snow and ice on the highways wouldn’t budge.
IDOT drew down its snow plow force slightly overnight: to about 75 percent – from more than 200 trucks to about 150.
The biggest problem for drivers was getting out of driveways. Friends and strangers stopped to help Angie Moore in Fairview Heights.
Snowplows hit most neighborhood streets but left behind a wall of snow at the edge of those driveways.
IDOT’s 5200 lane miles of highway in the 11 counties around St. Louis were all in similar shape.
They’d been plowed but were still partially to mostly covered with packed snow and ice.
Everything was passable, Interstate’s in the best shape: close to one full lane open but not quite.
People were getting to where they need to go – as long as they went slow.
Derrick Moore drove from Fairview Heights to his job in Bridgeton Monday morning.
“The roads were bad. A lot of snow was everywhere. But the truck did fine, with the 4 wheel drive. I just took my time, (driving) about 35 mph,” he stated.
“If the forecast holds and we get full sun at 8:00 AM, we will be exceptionally aggressive with how we attack it tomorrow morning,” said IDOT’s Joe Monroe. “We plan on every yard going out with calcium chloride, which is the most aggressive freezing depressant that we have. We just need the sun to come out and stay out past noon, and I think we’ll see a drastic difference this time tomorrow.”
He said with more snow possible later this week, it made even more sense to get as many snow plow drivers as possible, a little rest Monday night, especially withprogress slowed in the sub-zero weather.
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