Elgin workers continue to plow through 10-inches of snow to clear nearly 310-center lane miles of City-owned roads.
“Our first concern has been the arterial roads,” said John Loete, Director of Public Works. “Since those were cleared and salted by mid-day, we’re now working on the residential streets. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end roads then come next.”
The Public Works Department has established 15 routes to clear the City after snow falls and implements a tandem plowing system to ensure streets are cleared as quickly as possible.
“The tandem system enables one truck to clear an inside lane while the other truck clears the outside lane,” said Loete. “There were 30 full-size dump trucks in operation at the height of the storm, with another 16 smaller trucks working on parking lots. About 75 people worked to get things cleaned up and also worked with some outside contractors to ensure it was done in a timely manner.”