A snow plow heading north on Ridge Avenue, with St. Nicholas Church in the background. (City of Evanston photo)

Evanston officials say city crews are working around the clock in 12-hour shifts to clear streets, parking lots and park pathways after a major storm dumped 18 inches of snow on the city.

Workers who normally staff recycling trucks are among those who have been redeployed to help with the plowing efforts.

Edgar Cano, the head of the city’s snow operations, says that because of the enormous amount of snow, he expects cleanup efforts to continue through this week.

Trash and recycling collections today and Wednesday have been postponed.

Cano says main thoroughfares now have been substantially cleared. Plows will continue to push back snow on these streets during tonight’s Snow Route Parking Ban from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Plows are currently focusing on clearing residential streets. Snow Emergency even/odd parking restrictions will remain in effect on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crews have begun clearing snow from City-owned parking lots, park pathways and sidewalks adjacent to city buildings. These efforts are expected to continue throughout the week.

Free off-street parking is available in the City’s three downtown garages, AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital’s parking garage, and at select City parking lots through Friday.

The CTA reports Purple Line express service remains suspended from Howard to the Loop as a result of track switching problems at Howard cause by the weather, but Purple Line local service now has resumed from Howard to Linden.

Yellow Line service remains suspended. Shuttle buses are running, and the CTA suggests using the Route 97 bus as an alternative.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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