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St. Charles issues snowplow safety tips

ST. CHARLES – With wintry weather upon the area, the city of St. Charles on Wednesday issued a set of snowplow safety reminders for motorists and property owners.

“The city maintains approximately 171 miles of local roadways, and coordinates maintenance, including plowing operations, for certain sections of state and county routes that run through the city limits,” Public Works Manager A.J. Reineking stated in the release. “Our computerized forecasting system allows us to monitor the weather, so crews can be scheduled and ready to respond around the clock.”

The safety tips are as follows:

• Remind children to stay clear of snowplows.

• When driving, stay at least 100 feet behind moving snowplows. Do not pass them. Also, yield the right of way to vehicles with flashing lights that are plowing, salting or performing maintenance work.

• Do not blow snow from driveways into the street. That creates dangerous situations for others and violates city ordinances.

• Pile snow on the right side of the driveway (when facing the roadway from your home) to avoid snow pushback from passing plows.

• Keep sidewalks clear.

• Clear fire hydrants.

After a 2-inch snowfall, there is no parking on streets marked as a snow route. A citywide parking ban on all streets goes into effect when snow accumulation reaches 3 inches. Police will begin enforcing the parking regulations an hour after accumulations, according to the release.

Those who believe their mailbox was damaged by a city plow should contact public works at pw@stcharlesil.gov or 630-377-4405 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

ST. CHARLES – With wintry weather upon the area, the city of St. Charles on Wednesday issued a set of snowplow safety reminders for motorists and property owners.

“The city maintains approximately 171 miles of local roadways, and coordinates maintenance, including plowing operations, for certain sections of state and county routes that run through the city limits,” Public Works Manager A.J. Reineking stated in the release. “Our computerized forecasting system allows us to monitor the weather, so crews can be scheduled and ready to respond around the clock.”

The safety tips are as follows:

• Remind children to stay clear of snowplows.

• When driving, stay at least 100 feet behind moving snowplows. Do not pass them. Also, yield the right of way to vehicles with flashing lights that are plowing, salting or performing maintenance work.

• Do not blow snow from driveways into the street. That creates dangerous situations for others and violates city ordinances.

• Pile snow on the right side of the driveway (when facing the roadway from your home) to avoid snow pushback from passing plows.

• Keep sidewalks clear.

• Clear fire hydrants.

After a 2-inch snowfall, there is no parking on streets marked as a snow route. A citywide parking ban on all streets goes into effect when snow accumulation reaches 3 inches. Police will begin enforcing the parking regulations an hour after accumulations, according to the release.

Those who believe their mailbox was damaged by a city plow should contact public works at pw@stcharlesil.gov or 630-377-4405 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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