Snow Plowing Information

Snow Plowing Information

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Snow plowing

The Public Works Department is responsible for keeping traffic moving on approximately 94.3 lane miles of the Village's streets including approximately 121 cul-de-sacs and dead end streets.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is responsible for Grand Avenue and Route 45.  Lake County  Department of Transportation plows Sand Lake, Gelden, Grass Lake, and Deep Lake Roads.  All other roads in Lindenhurst are maintained by the Public Works department.

 
Snow and ice control is considered emergency work in that streets must be cleared any time of the day or night.  Careful planning and preparation must be done prior to the snow and ice season.  This planning process is made considerably more difficult due to the variable conditions encountered during each storm.  Such things as duration, rate, accumulation of snowfall, moisture content, time of day or night, wind direction, wind velocity, traffic volume and temperatures are all factors that interact to create a unique aspect for each storm with the result that no two storms are ever identical.
 
CALL OUT PROCEDURES
Snow and ice control operations may be conducted on a twenty-four (24) hour basis, seven (7) days per week.  Thus, Village staff must be prepared to shift from normal work procedures any time it becomes necessary to initiate snow and ice control operations.  Typically, personnel are assigned to twelve (12) hour shifts that continue until the snow emergency has been eliminated.  Snow plow operations will typically begin once snow begins to accumulate on the roadway or the roads begin to become slick.
 
SALTING AND DE-ICING PROCEDURES
The Village of Lindenhurst uses an environmentally friendly alternative to salt only to remove snow and ice from streets, a liquid by-product consisting of salt brine mix (70%), beet juice (20%) (beet by-product) and calcium chloride (10%).  This product will be mixed with the salt on the trucks to create an oatmeal like substance, and then applied to the streets. 

This liquid has several advantages. 
1.  Beet juice adds moisture to help salt work better.
2.  Lowers the working temperature of salt to around 20 degrees (below zero).
3.  Creates a composition that sticks to the pavement versus dry salt that can bounce off of the pavement.
4.  Reduces salt use by 20%.
5.  Environmentally friendly product. 

Since the liquid is being mixed with salt, residents should not see a noticeable difference in the de-icing materials being applied to local streets.
 
MAILBOX DAMAGE INFORMATION
If your mailbox has been damaged by a Village snow plow contact the Village hall at 847-356-8252 or submit a request for service through the Village Request for Service System.  The Village will replace damaged mailboxes with a standard US Postal Service delivery mailbox or provide the resident up to $50 reimbursement to replace the mailbox themselves.
 
SAFE WINTER DRIVING
AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:
 
Avoid driving while you're fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.