COLLINSVILLE, (KMOX) – As if clearing the snow and ice from Illinois roads and interstates wasn’t bad enough, Illinois plows are now dealing with impatient motorists.

Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman Joseph Monroe said six plows have been involved in car accidents since the snow started falling Sunday morning, forcing two out of commission at a time when they are needed the most.

“I don’t care if you put me on a loop all day and just say give the plows plenty of room and slow down,” he said.

“People who are venturing out and driving past our plows at a high rate of speed — I can’t stress enough that is a recipe for disaster.”

Monroe said the extreme cold has also taken road salt out of their arsenal.

“Below about 10 degrees there’s just about nothing that will work effectively,” Modot’s Becky Allmeroth said referring to their use of melting chemicals, like salt, beet juice and calcium chloride.

Interstates and roads in both states have one clear lane at best.

This early-season double whammy of heavy snow and bitter cold is taking a bite out of IDOT’s budget.

Monroe said they typically have to spend $750,000 for every 24-hour snow removal period, and they expect to be out on the roads through this Thursday.

In Missouri, Allmeroth said they have been attacking the storm with sheer numbers. About 500 personnel are taking turns on 225 plows, with a shift change every 12 hours.

No word on how much that will cost the agency.

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