Public works prepping for season’s first snowfall

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 6:16 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Snow plows are at the ready as the season’s first measurable snowfall hits Central Illinois.

Peoria Public Works will work 12-hour shifts starting at 7 p.m. Monday to make sure roads stay clear. Peoria will have 21 snow routes this year, up from 17 during COVID.

“As it starts to come down at some point tonight, our guys will be out beforehand pretreating the streets and continuing the primary arterial roadways,” spokesman Nick McMillion said.

At the Peoria Public Works salt dome, there are thousands of tons of salt ready to go out onto the roads for Tuesday morning’s expected snowfall. The area is only expecting a few inches to fall, so officials across the area are using the storm as a run-through of their 2022 snow removal plans.

“We’ve got all of our equipment ready to go, and we’re chomping at the bit to get out there,” Tazewell County Highway Department Engineer Daniel Parr said. “This will be a good test.”

Since it could snow during the Tuesday morning commute, those officials say drivers should leave early, check their tire pressure and slow down on the roads.

“Slow down over bridges and overpasses,” McLean County Highway Department Assistant Engineer Luke Hohulin said. “Those are the ones that are gonna get slick first.”