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December 10, 2013

Area road conditions improve

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"All in all, we've probably had four trucks off into a ditch at some point during the whole storm," he added.

Simmons said the county has used about 300 to 400 tons of salt in combatting poor road conditions, but still has about 90 percent capacity at its salt bin.

"We only have one crew, and they quit Friday night because they started out at 3 a.m. We gave them a little break and they were back out on Saturday finishing up some of the places we didn't get to on Friday," Simmons said. "I think we're in pretty good shape. We're expecting a little bit tonight, but I don't think it will hurt anything."

The Illinois Department of Transportation is reporting Interstate 57 and 64 in Jefferson County as having scattered slippery spots. Other interstates in Southern Illinois are reported mostly clear of ice and snow, with some scattered slippery spots.

Secondary roads in main municipalities and rural roads across most of the region are still ice and snow covered and considered hazardous.

City and county police officers were busy throughout the weekend answering calls for fender benders and vehicles off in ditches. Fortunately, there have been no serious accidents in the Jefferson County area since the sleet began on Thursday and turned to snow later in the day and continued through the evening and daytime hours Friday.

Schools in Jefferson County were not in session on Monday, although classes were in session at Rend Lake College. The Christmas parade in Mt. Vernon was canceled on Saturday evening. Officials have not announced if it will be rescheduled.

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