Melting snow, ice cause roads to close in New Lenox, Manhattan areas
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent February 22, 2014 5:54PM
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:48AM
Melting snow from farmland caused havoc on village roads in the Lincoln-Way area Friday and Saturday.
Icy conditions forced road closures in New Lenox and Manhattan beginning Friday. Frankfort roads also had dangerous patches.
Nelson Road in New Lenox between the Canadian National railroad track and Spencer Road was closed overnight Friday, Mayor Tim Baldermann said.
“Water from the field was going onto Nelson, and as it got colder, it all started to ice over,” he said.
Officials restricted traffic to one lane Friday evening during rush hour while it still was passable. On Saturday, crews reopened one lane down the center of the road after crews cleared the ice.
In Manhattan, Smith Road at U.S. 52 was closed Friday, Mayor Jamie Doyle said.
“The corn cobs got into the drain system and got it clogged,” Doyle said. “All the roads that look like they have slush on them have ice underneath that slush.”
Ice under slush was apparent in rural areas of Frankfort as well. On Dralle Road near where tornadoes leveled sevaral farm buildings in November, fields and roads were flooded Saturday.
No other roads were reported closed in Will County, county emergency services director Harold Damron said Saturday. Motorists on Interstate 55 were warned to be cautious near Wilmington. Frontage roads and side roads were at risk of flooding, he said.
Ice chunks on the Kanakakee River broke off Saturday morning. Although it was not likely I-55 would flood, Damron said he was not ignoring the possibility.