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Road crews preparing for rain, snow storm

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PEORIA COUNTY (HOI) -- Area road crews are on high alert ahead of expected rain, ice, and snow over the next several days.

As conditions and predictions change, the Peoria County Highway Department says their biggest concern right now is potential ice accumulation.

They're planning to bring in their drivers early and have them stay late as the weather turns from rain to ice.

But they're reminding drivers not to be impatient, as these conditions can slow them down.

"We like to try and stay on it and have multiple passes," Peoria County Engineer Amy McLaren said, "so sometimes it may look like we haven't been out there yet, but because of the thickness of the ice it might take additional passes, additional wheel traffic helps wear that down and if there's sunlight, sunlight helps."

There's a lot of ground to cover, too.

In Peoria County alone, there are 2,379 miles of road to plow.

Peoria Public Works covers about 1,000 miles, Peoria County Highway Department takes another 632, and IDOT clears the remaining 747 miles.

Sheridan Swathwood

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