Photo by Dan Brannan
Tom Jennings shovels snow Friday in Alton. Much of the region got 1-3 inches of snow.
An Illinois Department of Transportation engineer said cleaning up the icy roads today has been “a little bit of a challenge.”
“We’re making slow but steady progress,” said Joe Monroe, an IDOT District 8 (composed of 11 counties, including Madison) operations engineer. “If we could get the freezing drizzle to leave the area, it would clean up quick. It’s very persistent.”
The Greater Alton area received a light freezing drizzle and snow most of the day, according to the National Weather Service.
Monroe said IDOT’s District 8 has about 80 drivers who have been driving since 5 a.m. this morning cleaning up the snowy sludge.
Car crashes have numbered about 15 in Illinois State Police District 11 since 9 a.m., Illinois State Police Shift Commander Craig Campbell said.
“We had fun earlier today, but we’re doing better,” he said. “I think we are improving.”