Evanston Public Works Director David Jennings says the city will again ban parking on snow routes tonight into Thursday morning because of the continuing snowfall.

He said he plans to decide later today whether to impose daytime alternate side parking regulations on side streets Thursday and Friday. “We don’t have four inches of snowfall from today’s storm yet, but it looks like we will get it,” Jennings said about 3:30 this afternoon.

Update 4:50 p.m.: The snow emergency for daytime parking Thursday and Friday now has been declared.

The snow route parking ban means cars must be off major streets marked with snow route signs from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Thursday morning.

Update: The odd-numbered sides of residential streets will be cleaned between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday and the even-numbered sides of residential streets are planned to be cleaned on Friday. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.

Complicating the city’s effort to fight the storm is a shortage of road salt. Jennings says the city’s supplier has run out of salt and has been unable to deliver a supply the city ordered weeks ago. Reportedly barges delivering salt to the area are being held up by ice on the Illinois River.

Jenning said public works crews are focusing on plowing major streets now and will use a mixture of sand and salt on them overnight. He said work on side streets may be limited to plowing only to conserve the remaining salt supply. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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