With snow and freezing temperatures on the horizon, the city is preparing.
Trucks that have been used all season for leaf collection will be converted into snowplows.
The plows will be armed with rock salt to keep roads from freezing over – the city has collected over 18,000 tons in preparation for this winter.
“As snow starts to fall, the roads get slick before the accumulation actually occurs,” said Katie Schultz, Communications Specialist with the City of Naperville. “The salting mechanism that we do will help give motorists the extra traction that they need.”
The city begins to plow once two inches of accumulation occurs. Main streets with lots of traffic like Washington Street get priority, before the focus turns to the neighborhoods.
When snow starts to fall, drivers need to slow down and drive more carefully. And city residents should be mindful that the plows are on their way.
“If cars are parked on the side of the road, they have to move around those cars, which can cause an extra hazard and cause it to take a little bit longer to finish plowing,” said Schultz. “So we ask that people refrain from parking on the street during a winter weather event.”
Naperville has made an active map available on their snow removal website, where people can watch and track which roads have or haven’t been salted and plowed to help plan their travel.
It’s the city’s goal to clear all of its roads within 15 hours of the end of a snowfall, though heavier snow often takes longer to clear.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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