Peoria Public Works: neighborhood roads will improve in 24 hours

25News' First Alert Weather Tracker drives down Sheridan Road Thursday.
25News' First Alert Weather Tracker drives down Sheridan Road Thursday.(WEEK)
Published: Dec. 23, 2022 at 3:48 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria streets still have snow coverage nearly 24 hours after the snow stopped falling in Central Illinois.

Part of the issue is the constant wind blowing the dry, powdery snow back onto the road shortly after it’s plowed away, but it’s also a matter of strategy. Public works have focused most of the effort on the city’s main thoroughfares. Now that the snow has stopped, they’re focusing on residential neighborhoods.

The work started this morning on residential roads, and they expect it to be finished by early Saturday.

“It truly does take a full 24 hours to make the loops around in our snow routes and residential areas.,” Peoria Public Works Spokesperson Nick McMillion said. “What do the roads look like today in neighborhoods they should look a lot better by tomorrow morning.”

Crews have been working in 12-hour shifts to clear roads. The extreme cold caused some of the pipes that disperse brine and road salt to freeze and clog.

PPW expects to end the 12-hour shift cycle by Christmas Eve morning but will still have crews periodically check the roads.