Roads get fresh coating

Area is relatively unscathed, but plows out in force

URBANA — Like almost every other Illinoisan, Tracy Wingler is tired of winter.

Snow has meant very few weekends off since December for Champaign County's highway maintenance supervisor.

"It seems like every storm has been on the weekend or a holiday," he said. "The men are loving it. I'm not. The budget's not."

Sunday's snow was less than may have been predicted but still brought out a full complement of county plowers.

Wingler estimated Champaign County got 3 to 4 inches of snow. Winds out of the north Sunday afternoon caused a few problems on east-west roads.

Champaign County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Rick Atterberry said there wasn't enough snow to warrant opening the emergency operations center.

"The Weather Service had trouble (predicting) this, but that's not uncommon with winter storms," he observed.

The Associated Press reported that about 2 inches fell in Champaign and Lincoln by early Sunday afternoon, and 3 inches fell in the Bloomington-Normal area.

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787 wrote on March 03, 2014 at 9:03 am

Hey Tracy.... we know that it has been a hard winter, and it has been rough on your guys and all... but it is apparently what you and your guys chose to do for a living.  OK?  It's been tough on a lot of people.

With that said, it would be nice if the County road crews could get their butts out of bed on Sunday mornng, and do what needs to be done to the roads.

Last Sunday, the trip to Church included county highways that were a solid sheet of ice, and yesterday wasn't much better.  Is getting the trucks out on the County highways on Sunday morning some sort of a low priority?

 

Oh well, I'll just take my concerns to my County Board representatives.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 03, 2014 at 12:03 pm

They were out.  The blowing wind, and the extreme cold means that salt does not get all of the ice off of the roads.  It is a big county.  They are doing their job, and missing church also.  By the way; they are out there a.m. and p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday whenever they are needed.

Either miss church yourself, or pray harder.   It is rather un-Christian like to blame the crews for events caused by nature.

Thanks to the plow drivers from those of us who live outside of C-U.  We know your doing your best while winter is doing it's worst.

TommyT51 wrote on March 03, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I agree with Sid, they are doing their best with what Mother Nature throws at them. I am sure that they would rather be home safe and with their loved ones. It seems that people are to quick to criticize for the workers that take their lives at risk to help others. I found this out years ago when I was a volunteer firefighter and EMT.