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Road conditions have improved significantly within 24 hours after Thursday’s winter storm

Main roads are mostly clear; side and residential should be fully plowed by late this evening
Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 6:04 PM CST
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PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Plenty of sunshine Friday helped melt away some of the snow leftover from Thursday’s winter storm. It also helped public works crews and plow drivers remove snow effectively.

Main roads are mostly clear with the exception of slush, and in Peoria and East Peoria, residential and side streets should be fully plowed by late this evening. Pekin is entirely done.

Sie Maroon, Deputy Director of Peoria Public Works, said “Well so far today, they are really changing, on the positive side. We are seeing a lot of snow melt, a lot of snow pack is actually loosening up. The one issue that there is a concern out there right now is the amount of slush that people may encounter as they’re traveling.”

The slush can still make for some slippery conditions, especially when driving through intersections and turning lanes. Another thing to worrying about when it comes to cleaning the streets is your driveway.

Maroon added, “You know, the snow has to go somewhere, and we can’t put it in the street. We got to take it out of the street and it ends up on driveways and sidewalks. What I would recommend, is when you are clearing your drive you clear your drive to the downside of your house, so when the plow comes through it will take that snow with it and it will eventually roll off.”

Crews worked long hours to combat this winter storm. On their last passage, crews in Peoria and Pekin dumped salt on the roads to help with the potential refreeze over night.

Brett Olsen, the Operations Manager of Pekin Public Works, said “Another great job by our guys. We stayed here til midnight last night, had a really quick turn around this morning. We were here at 6:30. And it took us about 24 hours to get the whole town clear and we got about 9-10 inches or so.”

Drive slow in the slush, watch out for drifting snow that may blow on roads and change conditions suddenly, and stay safe!

The better news is warmer temperatures are on the way Sunday and Monday to help with even more snowmelt and clean up.

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