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City crews continue snow cleanup

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City officials say they'll focus on residential streets today and tomorrow as cleanup continues from the long snow storm.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says the good news is that the snow has stopped and the sun is shining. But the sub-zero temperature means that salt won't be effective in melting snow.

So, she says, some compacted snow may remain on the streets after plows pass through.

A pass was made on all residential streets yesterday, she says, but if it occurred early in the day when it was still snowing, it may appear that nothing happened particularly after a night of major drifting.

All primary route are clear and some are even melting, she says, as a result of the sun and the residual liquid deicer on the pavement.

Robinson says that after driving around town today she believes most people are complying with the voluntary even/odd parking restrictions today.

The city has more than 30 plows on the street today.

In addition all city cars were cleared of snow, started and relocated to facilitate snow removal from the civic center parking lot and limit any vehicle maintenance problems.

The city is also continuing to clear snow in all business districts, parking lots and bridges. The drifting snow plus additional accumulations have recovered most all sidewalks.

"We will also be clearing and hauling snow today at all safe route to school pedestrian crossings and senior crossings, Robinson says.

All collections: refuse, recycling, special pick-ups and christmas tree recycling are suspended for today and on track to resume tomorrow.

The snow hauling operation overnight was slowed by extra snow accumulation. Robinson says some drifts were over three feet high.

Snow was removed from the following corridors:

  • Church Street and Dodge Avenue business district.
  • Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard to Main Street.
  • Main Street from Chicago to Hinman avenues.
  • Madison and Washington streets from Chicago to Custer avenues.
  • Howard Street from the CTA bridge to the city limits.

Tonight crews plan to clear and haul on:

  • Dempster Street from Elmwood to Hinman avenues.
  • Chicago Avenue from Main to Church streets.

Robinson says the overnight crew will continue the cleaning and hauling operations at least for the next three nights and that the city is using contractors to haul snow away to James Park and the Service Center for melting.

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