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Snow Recovery Continues

Updated Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:15 p.m.

Enhancing visibility at key intersections and widening streets is a top priority, as Downers Grove continues to recover from the February 1-2, 2011, snow storm. This was an extreme weather event which ranks as the third worst snow storm in Village history.  Since the beginning of the storm, the Village has conducted snow removal operations on a 24/7 basis.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Following is a list of streets that are targeted for widening based on traffic safety, emergency vehicle access, visibility and parking. 

Table 1: Listing of streets for snow removal.
Street Name
From Street
To Street
 Grant Oakwood  Seeley 
 Prince (east side) Ogden  Grant 
 Middaugh Prairie  Warren 
 Highland 41st  North to dead end 
 Lindley Ogden  North to dead end 
 40th east side of Earlston  Elm 
 Earlston 41st south  Ogden 
 41st Fairview  Earlston 
 Sterling Ogden  39th 
 Douglas 39th  41st 
 Shady Ln. (both sides) 41st  40th Pl 
 38th   Dillon Ct. 
 Brentwood Biltmore  south of 39th 
 39th (south side) Fairview  Brentwood 
 Maple (north side) Fairview  Rogers 
 Prospect Rogers  Warren 
 Warren (north side) Prospect  Washington & parking stalls 
 Middaugh 55th  Blanchard 
 Springside 63rd  Brian Grant Ct. 
 Puffer Hobson  63rd 
 61st Belmont  Puffer 
 Chase 61st  62nd 
 Leonard Hobson  63rd 
 Janes Hobson  61st 
 62nd Chase  Janes 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 

  • Crews are working to improve visibility at key intersections by removing snow piles that impede sight lines.  Much of this will take place during the overnight hours due to traffic concerns, and will continue into tomorrow.
  • Work to widen the areas of Fairview Ave. at Ogden Ave, and Downers Dr. at Frontage Rd. will begin tonight.  These areas have been targeted as a high priority due to high traffic volumes and potential safety concerns.

Work to widen additional roads will continue through this week and into next, utilizing teams to haul snow from targeted areas with end-loaders and dump trucks. With existing snow cover and weather conditions, this method will be the most efficient in improving road conditions, without negatively impacting residents and damaging Village equipment.  

Roads that have narrow travel lane widths and do not allow cars to pass in both directions pose a potential safety issue.  These sections of road will be identified and widened. Targeted roads will be prioritized based on traffic safety, emergency vehicle access, visibility and parking.  A list of targeted roads will be published on Thursday, February 10, 2011.