Village Crews Plowing - Remember Orland Park's Snow Reminders

Village Crews Plowing - Remember Orland Park's Snow Reminders
Posted on 02/01/2015

ORLAND PARK, IL (February 1, 2015) - Village of Orland Park snow plowing crews have been out plowing since the start of the snow storm hitting the Chicago area overnight into February 1. Orland Park is expecting one inch of snow per hour with the entire Chicago area is predicted to receive anywhere from 10 to 12 inches of snow over the next several hours.

Motorists are encouraged to delay unnecessary travel, to proceed with caution and be aware of emergency and snow removal vehicles if venturing out. Residents should monitor the local media as weather conditions continue to change.

In the Village of Orland Park, primary streets are plowed first followed by secondary streets and cul-de-sacs. As village plows continue to work to make village streets accessible, residents can help by following the Village of Orland Park’s Top Ten Snow Tips.

1. Village ordinance prohibits parking on village streets once two inches of snow have fallen.

2. Parked vehicles must be kept off of the street for 10 hours after it has stopped snowing.

3. When clearing the driveway, residents should place snow on either side of the driveway, on the lawn, and never in the street. Pushing snow into the street creates an icy, packed hazard at the end of the resident’s driveway.

4. Residents should keep garbage cans and recycle bins from rolling into the street on garbage pickup day.

5. Designate curbs with five free stakes available from Public Works.

6. Digging from the street, clear out hydrants so that fire personnel can easily access them if necessary. A three foot parameter is recommended when clearing out hydrants.

7. Do not clear your driveway at the curb until the snow plow driver has made his last curb pass in front of your residence.

8. Be patient. Every storm is different with many variables. Streets may have to be plowed more than once.

9. Communicate with the Public Works Department. Report any ice formations on the street so that they can be salted. Clear the snow from storm sewers in front of your home so melting snow can easily drain, preventing ice patches.

10. Mailboxes should be kept in good repair and be placed at least one foot behind the curb to avoid damage. To ensure mail delivery, residents must clear the snow from around their mailboxes after the street has been plowed.

Residents should never push shoveled snow into the street and always to the lawn or parkway.

“This is a huge problem every year,” said Director of Infrastructure Maintenance John Ingram. “People may think that the plows will come through and clear the snow that residents push to the street but this is not the case. Snow that’s pushed to the street becomes packed and frozen and creates a serious hazard at the end of the residents’ driveways. Always snow blow or push shoveled snow to the lawn --- always,” he emphasized.

“We appreciated everyone’s cooperation during last year’s snow events, one of the worst winters we saw in a long time,” Ingram said. “The village’s crews take their jobs very seriously and do all that they can to make Orland Park streets safe and accessible each time it snows,” he said.

The Orland Park Police Department at 15100 South Ravinia Avenue is the village’s designated warming center.

The Village of Orland Park shares weather updates and snow reminders through the local media, on its website at orlandpark.org, its Facebook page at Facebook.com/VillageofOrlandPark and via its Twitter feed at twitter.com/VillageOrlandPk.