Getting ready for the snow

By Anna Carrera

Published 12/13 2013 04:13PM

Updated 12/16 2013 09:31AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Even though there's not much out there yet, public works crews have been on the streets all day to get ready for the snow. Those crews will stay out through the night and into tomorrow.

The crews are on what they call 24-hour operations. That means they'll be out here until the snow stops and then about 12 hours after that. Public works leaders say last week's snow was a good test run to get them ready for this weekend. They filled the trucks with salt and chemicals. Fourteen trucks will be out all over the city on Friday night and into Saturday to keep the main roads clear. 

"It keeps us busy," said Kris Koester, who is the public information officer for Champaign public works. "We take pride in keeping our city moving and that requires us being out on the road working extra hours but we're happy to do that. We want to make sure everyone's safe when they're out there and can get where they're going."

Crews have been practicing for this since november, learning the routes around the city. After the primary roads are cleared, they'll move on to the secondary streets and neighborhoods.

The crews give special attention to some areas, such as overpasses and bridges like the ones over I-74. But they encourage drivers to be careful where ever they go.

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