The City of Champaign Public Works Department will continue addressing snowfall that began last night and is forecast to continue into Tuesday. Forecasts call for 4”- 6” of additional accumulation, with wind gusts causing visibility issues. Staff reported to work on Sunday evening and will continue around-the-clock operations until the process outlined in the Snow and Ice Control plan is complete. If you must travel, you are encouraged to take appropriate precautions when driving: leave early, allow extra time to reach your destination, and be cautious around snowplows.
The public is reminded not to place snow cleared from their property into City streets. This can create hazardous obstacles for vehicles. The City encourages all citizens and businesses to clear sidewalks to allow for safer pedestrian and accessible travel. Residents and businesses along one of the identified Safe Routes to School are encouraged to keep their sidewalks clear for the safe passage of students and parents. Safe Route maps are located here. Whenever possible, please keep City streets free of parked vehicles during this time to expedite plowing efforts and utilize alternate off-street locations (such as the Hill Street Parking Deck in Downtown) in lieu of parking on the street.
Public Works staff will continue to proactively monitor forecasts and respond in a timely and efficient manner to threats of inclement weather. Citizens are encouraged to monitor the City’s website http://www.champaignil.gov/snow, CGTV Cable Channel 5, and local media for information about street clearing activities.