As of 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Champaign Public Works Director has declared that the sidewalk snow and ice removal requirement in the Downtown and Campustown areas is in effect. The Illinois State Climatologist has indicated that our area received 8.0 inches of snow between Sunday morning and Thursday morning. In order to make the sidewalks safer for pedestrians, City Ordinance requires sidewalks to be cleared 48 hours after the Public Works Director’s declaration. The period for compliance begins 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Sidewalks need to be cleared by 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021. Sidewalks must maintain a path the width of the sidewalk or 48 inches, whichever is less. If an owner has property at a corner, the ramps must also be cleared to maintain a path from block to block. Sidewalks not in compliance could be cleared by the City at the owner’s expense. The City appreciates the cooperation of property owners in making these sidewalks safer for pedestrians.
A map of the Downtown and Campustown areas and the Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance can be found here – Sidewalk Snow Removal Map.
All residents and businesses are reminded not to place snow cleared from their property onto City streets. This can create hazardous obstacles for vehicles. In addition, all residents and businesses throughout the City are encouraged to clear their sidewalks to allow for safer pedestrian and accessible travel. In particular, 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 online HERE.