The City of Champaign Public Works Department responds to the anticipated snow event with forecasts calling for 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. City staff began working at 5 a.m. this morning to pre-salt streets and prepare for anticipated snowfall. Crews will work continuous 12-hour shifts as needed until City streets and sidewalks have been cleared according to the goals outlined in the Snow and Ice Control Plan. Crews will continue to focus on plowing of primary routes before moving on to secondary routes, dead-ends, and cul-de-sacs. Primary routes, which make up approximately 50 percent of the total street system, include arterial streets, collector streets, bus routes, and school and hospital routes. Primary routes have been established so most residents are within three blocks of a primary route with 90% of residents within two blocks.
Emergency Snow Routes have not been activated at this time.
Public Works staff is asking the public’s cooperation and assistance in expediting the City’s street clearing efforts with the following requests:
- Please remove vehicles from City streets, if possible, or at least off of primary routes. One option is the Hill Street Parking Deck in downtown.
- Do not blow/plow snow from private property into City streets or sidewalks. Doing so requires trucks to go back and re-plow certain areas which takes away from clearing other streets.
- Do not blow/plow snow from private property onto medians. Once temperatures rise, melting snow from snow piled on medians flows onto streets creating hazardous icy/slick spots.
- Whenever possible, stay home. If you are on the roads, drive cautiously, be aware of and careful around snow plows, plan ahead and allow extra time.
- Monitor the City’s website (www.ci.champaign.il.us), CGTV Cable Channel 5 and local media for updated information; or call Public Works Operations at 403-4770.
Public Works staff will continue to proactively monitor forecasts and to respond in a timely and efficient manner to threats of inclement weather with the goal of providing for the safety and well-being of the City’s citizens and visitors.