Evanston public works crews are scheduled to continue clearing snow from residential streets and business district sidewalks and parking lots today.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the city’s fleet services unit “has done a superb job keeping our equipment running but the sub-zero temperature are starting to have an impact.”

The freezing temperature are negatively impacting equipment hydraulics which means plow blades are not maneuvering as they should and refuse and recycling truck tippers and compacters may be sluggish, she says.

Refuse and recycling pickups resume today. Since forestry crews are assisting with the snow clean-up,  Christmas tree recycling won’t begin until Wednesday.

Although refuse and recycling collections are resuming today they will be slow going due to equipment operation times, frozen containers, road and alley conditions, Robinson says.

She’s asking residents to park on the even side of the street today so crews can clear the odd side and to pull cars as close to the curb as possible and also to clear snow around recycling and refuse containers.

Overnight the hauling operation removed snow from the following corridors:

  • Chicago Avenue from Main to Grove streets.
  • Dempster Street from Hinman to Elmwood avenues.
  • Greenleaf Street from Chicago to Custer avenues.
  • Greenwood Street from Chicago to Sherman avenues.

​Tonight crews are scheduled to clear and haul snow from the following areas:

  • Central Street from Ewing to Lincolnwood avenues.
  • Chicago Avenue from Grove to Church streets.
  • Benson Avenue from Church to Davis streets.
  • Sherman Avenue from Davis to Lake streets.
  • Maple Avenue from just south of Davis to Church streets

Robinson says the city is using contractors to haul snow away to James Park and the Service Center for melting and may need to haul snow from Central Street to the Lovelace Park parking lot this evening.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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