Illinois Tollway Prepared for Overnight Snowfall


Tollway Travel Tips

The Tollway offers the following tips for use during winter weather events:

•        Slow down and leave enough time to reach your destination.

•        Do not make sudden lane changes and always use your turn signal.

•        Don’t follow too closely and increase your intervals between vehicles.

•        Reduce speed in cash lanes at toll plazas.

•        Remember to always wear your safety belt and ensure children under the age of 8 are securely restrained in child safety seats.

•        Don’t text while driving. It’s illegal.

•        Need Help? Dial *999.  If your vehicle becomes disabled, park safely on the shoulder, raise your hood and remain in your vehicle.  Dial *999 and assistance will be dispatched to your location.

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- The Illinois Tollway has mobilized its full fleet of 182 snowplows in response to freezing rain and snow expected to begin Saturday, then change into snow early Sunday and continue through the day. The Tollway’s Snow Operations Center opened this afternoon to manage the agency’s system-wide response.

“Our full fleet has been out salting the roads to prevent ice from forming and is prepared to promptly remove snow so our customers can safely travel for last-minute shopping or to reach their holiday destinations,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Conditions across our system may vary as the storm moves through the region, so we ask drivers to please slow down and allow extra time for their trips.”

The Illinois Tollway will have a full complement of more than 200 staff and supervisors per shift to ensure that roadways are kept clear of ice and snow. To help with snow removal efforts, the Tollway has cancelled all temporary lane closures until 7 p.m. Sunday.

During winter storms, drivers are advised to slow down and give other motorists and snowplows the space they need to travel safely. Snowplows often work in tandem to remove as much ice, slush and snow as possible from all lanes at once. When it is safe to pass, the plows spread out and allow traffic to flow around them.

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