Department of Public Works crews will begin applying salt to the roadways when precipitation, either snow or ice, begins to accumulate and cause unsafe traveling conditions. Crews will begin an all-out plowing operation whenever two inches of snow have accumulated on paved services and snow is still falling.
Whenever two inches of snow has accumulated and snow is still falling, the public works department begins an all-out plowing effort. We’ve established a priority plowing system so that main traffic routes are plowed first. Our goal is to clear all streets, but heavier snows often take longer to clear.
Arterial and main streets are plowed in the first phase of snow removal. Residential side streets, cul-de-sacs, and dead ends are cleared in the second phase. Cul-de-sacs are more difficult to clear than through streets as there is less space in parkways to dump snow without burying driveways, mailboxes, streetlights or fire hydrants.
The Village of University Park plows most streets within the city limits; however, there are a number of roads that are the responsibility of other local government agencies. For example, IDOT plows Cicero Ave. and Governors Hwy.; Will County plows Western Ave. and University Pkwy. from Western Ave. to Steger-Monee Rd.
For emergency services during heavy snowfalls, call 9-1-1.
For information, call (708) 534-4823 or read our frequently asked questions on the Village website.