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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Snow Control Operations

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The Winnetka Public Works Department is committed to keeping Village streets clear of snow and ice to maintain safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic on publicly maintained streets and sidewalks throughout the winter months. To ensure streets and sidewalks are free from snow and ice and to maximize department resources, routes have been established and priorities are given to main streets such as Hibbard Road, Tower Road, Willow Road, Green Bay Road, Elm Street, etc. These streets receive much of the traffic within the Village and must be kept clear as primary emergency access routes. The subsequent priority areas are:

  1. streets and sidewalks around schools and churches
  2. residential streets and alleys
  3. public parking lots and decks.

Air temperature, type of precipitation, and road surfaces influence the method for applying salt and other snow fighting applications. The Village’s policy is to minimize salt use to control costs by applying salt at intersections and on street surfaces that may pose a traffic hazard. In addition, a non-corrosive liquid known as Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) is used on bridges and the Hubbard Woods Parking Deck. CMA enables the Public Works Department to control ice build up in an environmentally friendly manner, while preventing premature deterioration of the bridge’s and the parking deck surface.  

The Village’s snow-parking ordinance Title 10 Section 10.24.040 prohibits parking on Village streets whenever a minimum of 3 inches of snow has accumulated within a 24-hour period. Vehicles parked on the streets in violation of the Village ordinance are subject to a fine and may be towed. Please do your part to ensure vehicles are not parked on Village streets during snow emergencies. This will greatly help the Public Works Department to plow streets.   

The Public Works Department’s snow and ice team is comprised of highly skilled and well-trained individuals determined to provide motorists and pedestrians with the highest level of snow and ice control services possible to make winter safe and enjoyable. They work around the clock, when necessary, to provide the maximum level of service.

If you have questions about the program, please call 847-716-3568.

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