Snow & Ice Control



Elgin’s Public Works Department services more than 380 center lane miles throughout the city. A goal is to plow all streets the department is responsible for within:

  • 24 hours after a storm of 8 inches or more
  • 12 hours after a storm of 4 to 8 inches
  • Six hours after a storm of 4 inches or less

Winter Services 

Elgin's Snow Command team keeps an eye on the weather and uses data from a variety of sources, including official weather reports and satellite information. When wintry conditions first begin to blanket the area, drivers are deployed on the 26 routes throughout the neighborhoods and city’s main streets. 

Plowing priority 

The city has 26 total snow routes which include both residential and arterial coverage with a truck and driver assigned to each route. All plowing operations are occurring at the same time.

  • 18 residential routes are serviced by 18 trucks. 
  • 8 designated routes address arterial streets. 

Contract crews assist with the more than 320 cul de sacs in addition to dead end roads and alleys, which generally have low use. Clearance of these road segments can take up to 12 hours after a snow event has ended. 

In addition, the city serves several IDOT jurisdictions including IL Rte 58 (from Hiawatha Drive to Liberty Street), IL Route 25 and IL Route 31 (both within the city limits) and IL Route 19 (from Liberty Street to Rohrssen Road.) 


Depending upon road conditions during the storm, the department uses a variety of tools to ensure road safety, including:

  • Supermix, a liquid mixture of beet juice bi-product, calcium chloride; 
  • Salt brine, which helps break the pavement bond between the snow and ice, road salt; and,
  • A fleet of 56, 17-ton trucks to help clear the snow. 

Going out of the city? 

Stay informed about winter road conditions from the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Please be advised: When clearing snow from your driveway city ordinance prohibits residents from depositing snow into city streets.