The City of Champaign Public Works Department completed preparations and made arrangements to respond to the winter storm forecasted to begin this afternoon. Starting today, Public Works crews will be working 24 hours a day continuously to treat and/or clear City streets, following the plans set forth in the City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan. Departmental personnel have checked equipment and deicing material levels to ensure resources are available for this event. Crews are currently out in trucks pre-treating streets, bridge decks, brick streets and fire department entryways. “Current temperatures are within the range favorable to the use of salt and other deicing chemicals,” says Dennis Schmidt, Public Works Director. “However, this is expected to be a lengthy event, so we will continue to actively monitor weather forecasts and will adjust our plans accordingly when conditions change.”
A light freezing rain, sleet and snow mixture is expected for the remainder of today through early tomorrow morning switching over to heavy snow around noon on Tuesday. Citizens are encouraged to take appropriate precautions when driving: stay off the streets whenever possible; if you do have to drive, leave early and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination; and be cautious around snow plows. Whenever possible, staff asks citizens to keep City streets free of parked vehicles during this time to expedite plowing efforts and to utilize alternate off-street locations (such as the Hill Street Parking Deck in Downtown) in lieu of parking on the street.
In the event of two or more inches of accumulation, the Public Works Director has the authority to activate the Emergency Snow Routes and the Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance. Citizens are reminded to monitor the City’s web site (www.ci.champaign.il.us), CGTV Cable Channel 5 and local media for information about activations, deactivations and street clearing activities.