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Winter officially started on December 21; and although we have had fairly mild weather thus far, eventually, we expect “Old Man Winter” will be upon us. So before the inclement weather arrives, below are some of our best City tips to help you get prepared, stay safe, and help your community with snow removal.
Fire Hydrants, Water Meters, & Mailboxes
City Snow Removal
The City follows a priority plowing system to help traffic move as efficiently and safely as possible. Snow removal is prioritized according to the following order:
Priority 1: Main streets linking arterials, with schools, and within subdivisions.Priority 2: Minor residential and side streets, cul-de-sacs with steep inclines or sharp curves.Priority 3: Dead end streets, and all other cul-de-sacs and alleys.
Please keep in mind that the Streets Division is responsible for miles of roadway. The City’s policy is to make our best effort to clear all streets within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. Heavier snows will often take longer to clear.
City crews are responsible for most streets within City limits; however, there are a number of roads that are the responsibility of other agencies. For example, the Illinois Department of Transportation plows State Street and IL Route 7. Will County plows Division Street and Briggs Street.
If you have further questions regarding snow removal, please contact the Public Works Department at (815) 838-0549, option 8, Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. To report an after-hours emergency, please contact WESCOM at (815) 838-2131.