SNOW EMERGENCY ALERT
OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS
Mark Mahoney, Director
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Springfield, Illinois - The City of Springfield’s Office of Public Works announced that with the anticipated snow fall tonight, a Snow Emergency will be in effect on designated snow routes starting at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, November 15 and ending at 1:00 a.m. Friday, November 16 . The department is anticipating in excess of 4 inches of snow.   

The public is asked to remove their parked vehicles from the marked snow emergency routes by 11:00 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, November 14 . To access the Snow Emergency Route Map along with the city’s Snow & Ice Removal Policy , visit www.springfield.il.us/snow .

Drivers are reminded to watch for snow removal crews and allow them room to do their work. Persons clearing private parking lots and sidewalks are reminded not to plow the snow into the streets. It is a violation of city ordinance and doing so makes unsafe driving conditions. During a severe winter storm, residents can call the Office of Public Works to report any problems or concerns at 217.789.2246.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS
  • Do not go out unless absolutely necessary during severe winter weather.
  • Reduce speed appropriately for the road conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance of several car lengths from all other vehicles.
  • Give snow and emergency operation vehicles the right-of-way and keep a safe distance at all times.
  • Make sure your cell phone is completely charged if traveling under winter conditions.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes a warm coat or blanket, flashlight, gloves and snow shovel.

SIDEWALK CLEARING
Residents and businesses need to make an effort to clear their sidewalks as a safety precaution during challenging winter weather. By keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice everyone can do their part to provide a safer environment for pedestrians. 
 
A c cording to Springfield City Ordinance Section 99.03, all sidewalks adjacent to their property shall be cleared of snow by 10:00 a.m. on every morning of a snow event. If snow and ice are on the walks, ashes, sand, or sawdust can be used to help with traction on the surface of the walk if the snow/ice removal will be difficult or damage the sidewalk. Residents or businesses could be subject to a $250 fine for refusal to comply with the city ordinance. Any concerns or complaints regarding sidewalk obstructions should be sent to the City’s Housing Division at 217.789.2467.
 
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