City Streets

Primary and Secondary Snow Routes

The City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan divides City streets into primary and secondary routes.

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.

Primary routes are divided into seven separate routes with routes varying between 19 and 25 miles in length. For more information, go to the “Primary Snow Routes Map.”

The remaining City streets, dead-end streets, and cul-de-sacs are classified as secondary routes. Snow and ice activities take place on these streets only after the primary routes have been completed. Activities on secondary routes are sometimes interrupted to return to the primary routes during snow events.

There are streets within the City of Champaign that are owned and maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Snow and Ice control on those streets are the responsibility of IDOT. IDOT streets within the City of Champaign  are depicted on the “Primary Snow Routes Map” and listed below:

  • Springfield Avenue (Illinois Route 10)
  • Mattis Avenue between Bloomington Road and Springfield Avenue
  • Prospect Avenue between Marketview Drive and Springfield Avenue
  • Bloomington Road west of Prospect Avenue
  • Neil Street south of Springfield Avenue
  • Church Street west of Mattis Avenue
  • University Avenue west of Mattis Avenue


For storm events with an accumulation of four inches and more, City alleys will be cleared.  Alley snow removal will be done during regular work shifts and completed after all City streets, sidewalks, and parking lots have been cleared.