Village crews have been plowing and salting around the clock since the winter storm began at 3:00 p.m Saturday, January 30. According to the NWS Downers Grove had one of the highest snow totals in the area over the weekend at 12.4 inches.
Since the Village cannot plow all roads at the same time, we use a priority system summarized below. Priority 1 and 2 roads have been plowed. Crews will be salting roads that have some remaining snowpack. Crews plowed most of the Priority 3 roads yesterday and in the overnight hours. Work on these roads continues today. Priority 3 roads which include cul-de-sacs and dead-ends will be completed by approximately 3:00 p.m. today. Downtown sidewalks have been cleared and excess snow will be hauled from the area tonight.
Here's a closer look at the priority rankings of roads in the Village Snow and Ice Control Plan:
Priority 1: Primary roadways with the highest traffic volume, roadways adjacent to schools, and roadways leading to Good Samaritan Hospital. These streets are targeted for completion 12 hours after the storm's completion.
Priority 2: All other secondary roadways with average daily traffic are targeted for completion 12 hours after the storm's completion.
Priority 3: Cul-de-sacs and dead-ends with average daily traffic of less than 200 cars. are targeted for completion 18 hours after the storm's completion.