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” on the Snow and Ice Maps page.

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 include (see the “Primary Snow Routes Map” on the Snow and Ice Maps page):

  • 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


City alleys are not plowed or treated in most winter events. In unusually heavy snows, alleys may be plowed when all other roadways have been cleared.

Emergency Snow Routes

For snow events which have two or more inches of accumulation, the Public Works Director can declare the City’s emergency snow routes activated. Six hours after declaring emergency snow routes in effect, all parking is prohibited on the following streets (see the Emergency Snow Routes Map on the Snow and Ice Maps page):

  • University Avenue from State Street to Mattis Avenue
  • Church Street from State Street to Mattis Avenue
  • State Street from Bradley Avenue to Kirby Avenue
  • Randolph Street from Bradley Avenue to Hessel Boulevard
  • Hessel Boulevard from State Street to Neil Street

Cars remaining on snow routes after the six-hour notification period will be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking remains prohibited on these streets until Public Works cancels the emergency snow routes.