PRESS RELEASE

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Public Information Officer Arin Thrower, 630-260-2190

2016-12-16

City of Wheaton Crews Using New Method to Clear Some Roads

WHEATON, Ill. – City of Wheaton residents who live on or frequently drive by cul-de-sacs will likely notice that snow removal is a little different this year.

To remove snow as promptly as possible and reduce the likelihood of snow piles blocking mailboxes, the City of Wheaton’s snow removal crews will be moving snow into the middle of the circle in cul-de-sacs. Previously, crews would push snow to the curb like other streets, but due to the larger roadway surface to clear and the circular shape, clearing snow this way proved to be challenging and time-consuming for plows. There are approximately 300 cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets in Wheaton.

“This new method ensures that we can clear all roads for residents as quickly and safely as possible,” said City of Wheaton Street Superintendent Mike Wakefield. After using this method of clearing cul-de-sacs for the first winter storm of the season, crews estimate that they were able to reduce the amount of time spent clearing roads by 145 hours.

The City of Wheaton appreciates your cooperation in giving snow plows space to do their job and not parking on any street when 2 or more inches of snow falls. For more information about snow plowing, watch this short video explaining what you need to know about snow. To reach the City’s snow command desk during snow operations, call 630-260-7669. More information is also available on the City’s website.


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