During the month of December, motorists using interstate highways throughout Illinois might see a lot more snow this winter.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that one out of every five snowplow operators would be leaving their job by the end of this month. That translates into 480 operators. The reason is those operators are taking advantage of a pension buyout put in place earlier this year to save the state money. It may be saving money, but it won't be saving Illinois highway commuters any headaches during the wintry December month.
Illinois transportation officials are working to hire and train new snowplow operators to replace those leaving.
They hope to have all the positions filled by the end of December. But until then, I-DOT says the lack of snowplow operators could leave conditions more dangerous than normal.
Using extra caution while driving is always a good idea, especially during wet winter weather conditions. AAA has some tips for dealing with winter weather travel,
First of all, allow yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go, reduce your speed during snowy conditions, and always keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.