Freezing temps stall IDOT crews - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Freezing temps stall IDOT crews

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Bernie softball team takes 'Cold Water Challenge'

    Bernie softball team takes 'Cold Water Challenge'

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:44:43 GMT
    The Cold Water Challenge is becoming a very popular way to raise money for some very important causes.
    The Cold Water Challenge is becoming a very popular way to raise money for some very important causes.
  • Pepsi MidAmerica to expand to Cape Girardeau

    Pepsi MidAmerica to expand to Cape Girardeau

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:30:03 GMT
    Pepsi MidAmerica announced on Friday a $3.1 million customer service center to be built at the new Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park.
    Pepsi MidAmerica announced on Friday a $3.1 million customer service center to be built at the new Greater Cape Girardeau Business Park.
  • Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:11:37 GMT
    Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging...
    A robotic submarine has finished its sixth trip to the bottom of the Indian Ocean in the hunt for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, six weeks after the aircraft mysteriously disappeared, the search...
ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Below freezing temperatures stalled IDOT crews from laying down chemicals used to melt ice on roads, causing some delays in Illinois.

Anything below 20 degrees, salt becomes less effective.

Since those are the temperatures the Heartland has been dealing with the last few days, crews haven't been able to treat the roads as best they can until Tuesday.

Tuesday's temperatures allowed crews to finally lay down salt across interstates and county roads in southern Illinois.

Over 110 IDOT trucks were out in full force in 16 counties trying to make up for the loss time.

IDOT Engineer Keith Miley said they've made good progress, but as of Tuesday primary routes and state routes are not in great shape compared to the interstates, which are in much better conditions.

Miley said crews will continue to work through Tuesday and into Wednesday.

"We knew the temperatures were going to increase today and we have made significant improvement today especially on the interstate system. Our worse condition right now is 25 percent covered but most locations are 100 percent clear," Miley said.

The temperature even forced crews to treat the diesel fuel so that it wouldn't gel inside the trucks.

Believe it or not these crazy temps only caused four trucks to break down.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.