The City of Champaign Public Works Department has mobilized resources in preparation for the snowfall that began falling around 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. According to Public Works Director Dennis Schmidt, “We are following the plans set forth in the City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan. Public Works staff has prepped the snow plowing equipment. A crew will be held over after the regular shift until 11:30 p.m. tonight. A second crew will report at 11:15 p.m. and work throughout the night. These crews will treat and/or clear City streets with the goal of providing for the safety and well being of the City’s citizens and visitors.” All City bridges were pre-treated in preparation for the snowfall.
Forecasts are calling for up to four inches of snow accompanied by gusty winds, which could make streets slippery and limit visibility. Citizens are encouraged to take appropriate precautions when driving: leave early, allow extra time to reach your destination, stay off the streets whenever possible, and be cautious around snowplows. 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. If it is activated, additional information will be released via several outlets including media and the City’s website.
Public Works staff will continue to proactively monitor forecasts and respond in a timely and efficient manner to threats of inclement weather. Citizens are encouraged to monitor the City’s website (www.ci.champaign.il.us), CGTV Cable Channel 5 and local media for information about street clearing activities. Whenever possible, Citizens are encouraged 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.