In response to the upcoming snowfall Saturday, the Illinois Tollway is deploying a fleet of 196 snowplows.

They’re anticipating varied situations throughout the 12-county Illinois Tollway system which may have an effect on vacationers in some areas in the course of the weekend.

“We’ll be working to maintain our clients secure throughout this storm. Our fleet of plows will function constantly till our roads are away from snow and ice and our roadway group will quickly responding to any drivers who want help on our system,” mentioned Illinois Tollway Govt Director Cassaundra Rouse. “Security is all the time our highest precedence, so we urge our clients to assist us shield them by slowing down throughout winter storms and rising their distance from different automobiles, notably plows and emergency responders.”

Drivers whose automobiles change into disabled are suggested to activate their hazard lights and dial 999 for help. They’re additional suggested to notice the roadway they’re utilizing in addition to the path of journey and nearest milepost or crossroad.

Drivers can obtain real-time info on pavement situations and roadway incidents by signing up for Tollway Journey Tweets at or from Tollway’s web site.

Extra winter climate journey suggestions The Tollway is providing embody:

• Ensure your cellular phone is absolutely charged earlier than heading out. Winter Storm Response – web page 2

• Ensure tires are correctly inflated throughout chilly climate. Tires lose a pound of strain for each 10 levels the temperature drops.

• Preserve your fuel tank no less than half full to keep away from fuel line freeze-up and guarantee that you’ve additional to account for added driving time if the climate is unfavorable.

• Preserve a chilly climate security equipment in your automotive that features gloves, boots, blankets, street flares, water and a flashlight with recent batteries.

• Stranded motorists ought to activate their emergency lights and stay of their automobiles till assist arrives.

• Cellular phone customers ought to name 999 motorist help for roadway