Were Those Snow Plows I Just Saw on the Roads?

Were Those Snow Plows I Just Saw on the Roads?


Hey, was that a Kane County Division of Transportation snow plow I just saw driving down the road?

Yep. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, even though there isn’t snow, there are plows.

“No, we are not expecting snow today, but yes, there will be KDOT snow plows out,” Kane County Director of Transportation Carl Schoedel said. “The forecast is showing a strong possibility of snow by Saturday, so we want to be prepared.”

The National Weather Service forecast for Kane County, IL, on Saturday calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 31 … and a 40 percent chance of snow.

KDOT just got done with its annual “Snow & Ice Procedures” briefing with the maintenance employees. Supervisors went over adjustments to the routes and truck assignments and a quick refresher on the typical snow and ice procedures. Construction staff briefed everybody on the status of construction projects and changes they can expect to see on their routes.

Starting soon, you will see the snow plows out on their routes doing a “dry run,” Schoedel said. The purpose is to exercise the equipment, do a radio check, make sure everything is working properly, train new drivers, and re-familiarize the experienced drivers with their assignments.

The dry run is appropriate, as well, because this week (Nov. 15-21) is Winter Weather Preparedness Week!

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About the Kane County Division of Transportation

KDOT’s mission is to  provide and maintain a safe and efficient transportation system while maintaining the county’s visions and values. Serving a population of more than 520,000, Kane County’s transportation infrastructure is constantly being enhanced to accommodate growth. Kane County Division of Transportation employees are responsible for the maintenance, planning, design and construction of more than 320 miles of roadway. KDOT also provides technical assistance to the 16 townships and coordinates with a number of different state, regional, and local agencies on transportation and land use issues. For more information, visit the Kane County Division of Transportation website and Facebook page.