Evanston residents and city crews spent the day digging out from the 20 inches of snow that fell over the weekend — but the cleanup is still far from complete.

Mounds of snow downtown were higher than cars on some streets, although for the most part travel lanes downtown were just wet and a little slushy by midday.

Maple Avenue north of Church Street.

The going was tough though for pedestrians, with long stretches of unshoveled sidewalks under railroad viaducts and outside public buildings like the Post Office.

Pedestrians slog through the snow in front of the main Evanston Post Office.

Only a few merchants in the 1000 block of Davis had managed to clear their walks.

And, with most of the snow falling on Sunday, when some shops were closed, it seemed in many areas that the snow had been more tromped down than actually shoveled.

And shoppers who didn’t take advantage of the chance to park for free at downtown garages frequently found they had a bit of a hike to their parking meter.

Crews were still working to get residential streets plowed to the curb on the even numbered sides of the road today, and planned to return Tuesday to do the same on the odd-numbered sides.

But things had improved enough that at least a few bicyclists were out on the road, even if, as on Church Street, the bike lane was still buried under snow.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Metra viaducts
      What’s the deal with the Metra viaducts downtown (and presumably elsewhere) that year after year are not cleared?

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