Evanston city crews are continuing snow removal efforts from last week’s big blizzard today with snow falling again and forecasts calling for up to another two inches before the fresh snow ends late today.

A snow mound blocking sight-lines and the sidewalk at Brummel Street and Ridge Avenue on Saturday. (Mike Perlman photo)

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says crews will focus on the even-numbered side of side streets again today — the fourth day of snow emergency parking restrictions from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Then on Monday, she says, attention will turn to “line of sight and drivability issues” — including huge piles of snow at some corners that are blocking the view of drivers at intersections and making it extremely difficult for pedestrians to cross the street.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Snow Plow fail

     It doesn’t help to clean the sidewalks and fail to carve a path a the curbs.  I walked a long block on Chicago Avenue only to find when I got to the corner I could not cross the street because stow was stacked at the curb  and unless I could have climbed a three foot drift, I could not cross the street and had to walk two blocks out of my way just to find a place where I could get across the street.  I know plows think more about drivers, but let’s remember and think of the pedestrians as well.  Many of Evanston’s older residents have been seen walking in the streets and this just is not safe.

    1. +1, sidewalks are critical

      +1, sidewalks are critical and more often than not, it is city property that remains covered in snow and ice.

  2. Sidewalks at Robert Crown Park not plowed

    I was at the Robert Crown Center yesterday and noticed that the sidewalks around the park were not plowed, including the northeast intersection of Main and Dodge. How can the city ask its residents to clear sidewalks when its own park sidewalks are not cleared?

  3. Rose Garden Walks

    The same is true of the Rose Garden at Oak/Lake. I hear snow removal going all night, but not during the day – when, understandably, streets are busy. You'd think the city could spend some of the day time hours making city-property sidewalks and crosswalks passable!

  4. Re; Snow Plow fail

    Just move to the 8th ward … The city has had to spend extra time there to make sure the Alder-woman's ward gets cleaned better than the other wards …

  5. Snow storage

    Yes, sidewalks are critical, and yes, the snow has got to go somewhere, but living across the street from one of the temporary snow storage dumps, I would actually quite like to get one night's sleep. We've had trucks and other heavy equipment moving snow around right outside for approx. 24 hours a day for the last five days.

    Think I'm just moaning? Well, you imagine getting no sleep due to constant beep-beep-beep noises right outside your bedroom window and see how you like it! I actually think the lot at Main-Chicago makes a great storage area, and the crews are certainly working hard, but this is a residential area, and we would appreciate just one or two nights of peace.

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