The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 5, 2014

UPDATE: I-74, other roads still dangerous Wednesday

Snow turning to slush

STAFF REPORT
The Commercial-News

DANVILLE — At 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Illinois State Police issued an update regarding local traffic conditions:

Illinois State Police District 10 officials are advising the roadways in District 10 continue to be extremely dangerous. Counties include Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Macon. Interstate-74, Interstate-57, Interstate-72, State Routes and US Routes remain dangerous with snow-packed drifts, icy patches and now partial melting snow/slush as temperatures have climbed enough for the salt to start working. Motorists traveling on Interstate 57 continue to slide off the roadway into the median and ditches.

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At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Illinois State Police issued an update regarding local traffic conditions:

The roadways in District 10 continue to be emergency travel only. Counties include: Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Macon. Interstate-74, Interstate-57 and Interstate-72 are extremely dangerous with snow-packed drifts and icy patches.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 57 continue to slide off the roadway into the median and ditches. State Routes, US Routes, county highways and township roads are experiencing drifting snow, snow-packed drifts and icy patches.



Motorists should use caution, reduce speed and allow for extra travel time. Motorists are encouraged to keep an emergency kit in their vehicle. Travel conditions continue to be life-threatening.

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At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, the Illinois State Police issued an update regarding local traffic conditions:

The roadways in District 10 continue to be emergency travel only. Counties include: Vermilion, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Macon. Interstate-74, Interstate-57 and Interstate-72 are extremely dangerous with snow-packed drifts and icy patches. Motorists should use caution, reduce speed and allow for extra travel time. Many State Routes, US Routes, county highways and township roads are impassable and/or are closed due to drifting snow and abandoned vehicles blocking the roadway.

Travel conditions are life-threatening, and anyone traveling on the roadways is in life-threatening danger.  If motorists have vehicle problems, a disabled vehicle and/or crash, assistance may not arrive before they succumb to the extreme cold. Temperatures and wind chills can quickly cause hypothermia and death.

A map of Illinois road conditions and complete list of road closures can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation website at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. Or call (800) 452-4368.

Stay home and out of danger.  Extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills can be deadly. Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles.  

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At about 6 p.m. Sunday evening, the Illinois State Police issued an update regarding local traffic conditions:

Officials are advising Interstate-74, Interstate-57 and Interstate-72, State Routes and US Routes are impassable due to white-out conditions and drifting snow blocking the roadway.

“Travel conditions are life-threatening and anyone traveling on the roadways overnight is in life-threatening danger. If motorists have vehicle problems, a disabled vehicle and/or crash, assistance may not arrive before they succumb to the extreme cold. Temperatures and wind chills can quickly cause hypothermia and death.”

“Stay home and out of danger.”

*For more information on local road closures, visit the Illinois Department of Transportation's Emergency Road Closures page. Vermilion County is in District 5.

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Early Sunday evening the Illinois State Police issued a traffic update:

Officials are advising I-74, I-57 and I-72 are nearly impassable. All other roads are drifting closed with near white-out conditions. Blowing and drifting snow are blocking the roadways; emergency travel only. 

US Route 150 is closed between St. Joseph and Urbana due to a crash.

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On Sunday afternoon the Illinois State Police announced Interstate 74 was officially shut down in the eastbound lanes at milepost 185/University Avenue exit due to multiple vehicle accidents including jack-knifed semis and passenger vehicles. Traffic was to be re-routed onto US Route 150.

The Illinois Department of Transportation advised Route 47 just south of Route 136 was closed as well as Route 10 just west of Route 47.

Roads are currently packed with snow. Hazardous and blowing snow is causing extremely poor visibility, according to an IDOT press release.

Illinois State Police advises all motorists to not travel at this time.

The Illinois State Police has also instituted a no-tow policy due to hazardous weather and road conditions.

Motorists are advised to use caution if stranded in the roadway.  Motorists off into the ditch are advised to remain inside their vehicle; they should not attempt to walk from their vehicle.