The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

January 8, 2014

Still digging out

Roads remain dangerous to drivers

(Continued)

All crews will be working expanded hours from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Routes will be collected in different patterns, so residents need to place Toters out by 6 a.m. on the designated day. Due to potential for equipment failures and/or dumping delays, the city also requests that all containers not collected be left out for collection the following day.

The city’s goal is to be caught up by Friday but certainly no later than Saturday. Special waste collections for large items and major cleanups will be rescheduled in an effort to focus on household waste. The scheduled Christmas tree and yard waste collection program has also been rescheduled for the week of Jan. 13-17.

While conditions showed improvement within Danville’s city limits, some outlying areas remained treacherous.

The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Indiana Department of Transportation urged motorists to stay off the roads so plows could run and wrecked vehicles could be towed.

“Interstate 74 still continues to be snow/ice covered, as do all other roadways in our district,” Trooper Tracy Lillard of ISP’s District 10 in Pesotum said late Tuesday morning. “Motorists are continuing to slide off into the ditches.”

INDOT issued a warning late Tuesday morning about “the danger on all west central Indiana roads to motorists.” Indiana Route 26 from the Illinois State Line to U.S. Route 41 in Vermillion County remained closed.

The majority of west central Indiana roads were passable Tuesday after a long night by INDOT plow crews battling drifting snow, however, extreme icy conditions still persisted on all roads due to the subzero temperatures.

INDOT said that road salt is less effective in subzero temperatures, and a sheet of ice should be expected on all roads across West Central Indiana, likely through Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to become more favorable for chemical melting agents and plows.

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