Peoria Co. Highway Department working on rural roadways

Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - Another winter storm in Central Illinois and public works and highway department crews are out in full force.

Specifically, in rural Peoria County, the Highway Department is working diligently to make sure the roadways are as safe as possible for those who must travel during the worst the winter can bring. Amy McLaren, Peoria County Engineer, says that drifting on rural roads is a major problem and can create dangerous driving conditions

“In the rural areas, drifting is our biggest concern because it can change very quickly and you might not anticipate how much snow is actually on the roads. If you’re driving and may be caught off guard when you when you actually drive through these these higher amounts of snow.” Said McLaren. She went on to say that drifting snow can make it hard to see the edges of the roadway and you can accidentally drive off the road onto the shoulder or worse, a snow-filled ditch.

Snow drifting works quickly too, especially when the snow is falling at a fast rate. McLaren tells us that even if the roadway has been plowed blowing and drifting snow can overtake the plowed roadway and make it look like it hasn’t been treated at all. She wants to let the public know to be patient if your roadway hasn’t been treated yet or if it appears that it hasn’t been treated.

Highway Department Crews will be out even after the storm passes to make sure that roadways are safe to travel. Blowing and drifting snow will continue being a hazard during the overnight hours into Friday.

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