Public Works Snow Removal Information

The Borough of Park Ridge Public Works Department works very hard to make driving safer during snowy weather. Residents will sometimes call and question why during one storm the roads where not as clear as another storm. The answer is that no two snow storms are alike. Various factors have an effect on the response to a snow storm, and the outcome of the plowing effort. Some of the factors are the timing (time of day that the snow begins and ends, such as rush hour), air temperatures before and after the snow falls, type of snow (wet or dry), total amount of snow, rate of snow fall, wind conditions and the amount of time between successive storms. All of these factors have a direct effect on our snow removal effort. Regardless, our consistent goal is to clear the roadways for safe driving as soon as possible.

Our procedure for handling snow storms is typically as follows: When the snow begins to cover and stick to the road surfaces, we dispatch up to four Salter trucks to spread salt. Our initial focus is on the main roads and hills, and then the side streets. If conditions and predictions indicate that plowing will be necessary, additional personnel are dispatched to plow the roads.

For plowing, we divide the town into four zones and use three trucks in each zone. As with salting, the trucks focus on the main roads initially and then the residential streets. While the storm is active, we generally plow the middle section of the road to keep them passable. Eventually, when the snow stops falling, we plow and clear the roads from one curb to the other. If the snow storm lasts for an extended period of time, we also need to schedule our plowing crews in shifts to allow them to get rest..

Please remember that snow removal operations are being performed under emergency conditions. Please help us in protecting the safety of your children playing in areas of accumulated snow. The best step to take is not to allow unsupervised children out to play when snowplow operations are expected and until they are completed.

Here are tips for the homeowner:

  • Do not shovel the last two (2) feet of your driveway until we have completed the curb to curb removal. This should limit the amount of snow plowed back into this area.
  • If you do shovel the end of your driveway prior to our completion, place the snow to the right side of your driveway (with your back facing your house). This will result in less snow in your driveway because the plow will push the snow away from your driveway. Please understand that proper plowing operations for the roadway cannot prevent the redeposit of snow in driveway areas.  Please note that there are a few narrow and/or dead end streets were the trucks may have to plow the opposite side of the road so this hint will not help.
  • Please place your garbage cans on your property and NOT in the street. Objects in the street are our biggest deterrent in efficient plowing operations.
  • Please remember that children are walking to schools. Residents are responsible for removing snow and ice from their sidewalks within 18 hours of the end of the storm pursuant to Borough Ordinance 86-1.
  • DON’T DEPOSIT SNOW OR ICE ON THE STREETS. Borough Ordinance 86-3 prohibits placing snow or ice into the street. If you have a driveway plowing contractor, please advise him accordingly.
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