Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

January 6, 2014

County roads open but not cleared

Officials still advise caution

EFFINGHAM — Roadways are now open for morning commuters after officials closed them for non-emergency travel Sunday night due to extreme weather.

   While they are open, Effingham County Engineer Greg Koester warned

that some roads are still impassible.

   "If your road has been plowed, we will call it open," said Koester, who added that there is a large amount of plowing that needs done. "It will probably take until mid-afternoon to make a pass both directions on the county roads."

   Koester still advised if residents can stay home, that would be the best option. Five trucks with plows and two motor graders with a v-plows, which handle larger volumes of drifted snow, are working on rural roads. Koester advised people to check with their local townships for specific road conditions throughout the area, as the county highway

department only plows certain roads.

   "People should use their discretion whether to drive," he said.

   City streets are open, but still snowy, said City Administrator James Arndt.

   "Crews worked around the clock overnight," he said.

  City hall is closed for the day and will likely resume normal business operation Tuesday.

Illinois Department of Transportation announced area roads closures as of 10:30 Monday morning.

  • Illinois 33 east of Dieterich and west of Newton
  • U.S. 51 in Fayette County
  • Illinois 130 north and south of Newton
  • I-70  EB closed at m/m 75 due to 4/5 semi accident in Fayette County
  • Illinois 16 west of Mattoon

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