IDOT begins ‘Winter Weather - Get it Together’ campaign

The salt is ready to go but more drivers are still needed
IDOT says they are still short snow plow drivers and are still hiring for both permanent and...
IDOT says they are still short snow plow drivers and are still hiring for both permanent and part time drivers.(WEEK)
Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 5:46 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - With snow the past two days, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wants to make sure you are updated on the best ways to stay safe with snow and ice.

As Brett Brooks reports there are fewer snowplow drivers on the road so plow drivers, so this time of year presents unique challenges.

They’re not looking to the side or the back because honestly, they cannot see. They got mirrors but they are focus is making sure their plow is down and clearing the road in front of them and not what’s happening behind them.

“There are nearly 900 miles of streets, alleys and roadways that need to be plowed between the city and Peoria county,” says Anna Ghidina, the Traffic Operations Engineer for IDOT District 4.

“We are constantly watching our weather. we have weather apps that we are always looking at, looking at payment temperatures to decide when we’re going to treat,” Ghidina explains.

last winter across the entire state IDOT used more than 437, 000 tons of salt.

This year in just Peoria county, they have 7,500 tons of salt ready to go but they’re also tracking a 10 to 15% drop in drivers, across the state of Illinois and they might need to hire at least another 20 plow drivers.

“We always pretreat our bridges, so you’ll see trucks spraying and they have a purple tint and that’s our treatment we put down way before and that’s our treatment we put down way before so we’re not,”

“On bridges and intersections always slow down and watch the roadways and be mindful of others around you,” explains Illinois State Police Trooper Haylie Polistina.

When it comes to your safety the Illinois state police recommend keeping some key items in your ride, this winter.

“Blankets, a charger, always make sure your cellphone is charged and your vehicle has at least a half of tank of gas in it,” says Trooper Polistina.