After a winter with little in the way of winter precipitation, the Riverbend is in the throes of a large storm that is tracking through the Midwest today. With the snowfall expected to wrap up this evening, road crews are doing what they can to open the main arteries today, and will continue to brace for whatever may come next.
Alton Public Works Director Bob Barnhart says his team is concentrating on the main roads before moving to the side streets.
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IDOT Engineer Joe Monroe says his district is responsible for 11 counties in this area, and the further north you go, the more snow you see.
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Jersey County Highway Superintendent Tom Klasner says his crews are responsible for about 192 miles of highway, and they are also hard at it.
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He does not expect drifting to be a major concern, with high winds not expected overnight or through most of the day tomorrow. Motorists are urged to allow extra time to get to their destination, and to leave extra room, especially around street trucks.