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Residents Report Slippery Conditions Wednesday; Crews Work to Plow Area Roads

Last week, Naperville modified its snow operations to deal with a salt shortage. As a result of this change, drivers may experience some snow-packed roadways within neighborhoods.

Several residents sounded off on the Patch Facebook page regarding road conditions throughout the area Wednesday following an overnight snowstorm. 

Check out some of those responses above. You can also view the city of Naperville's interactive snow removal map above to see if your street has been plowed.  

And tell us in the comments section below: For those who were out and about on Wednesday, how were the roads? 

The above information was updated at 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 
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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Naperville crews worked Wednesday morning to clear area roads. 

Meanwhile, roads throughout the Chicago area were in rough condition Wednesday morning. As of 10:17 a.m., most major highways and interstates in the suburbs were snow- or ice-covered, according to a Illinois Department of Transportation road conditions map. View the map above for updates. 

In Naperville, crews were working as of 11:08 a.m. to clear main traffic routes and thoroughfares in Naperville as well as main streets through subdivisions and roads that link arterials and streets with schools, according to the Naperville's interactive snow removal map. That map can also be viewed above. 
  • Tell us in the comments section: How are roads by you? How were the roads on your commute? What roadways are particularly bad this morning? 

As the region suffers from a salt shortage following extreme weather conditions in recent weeks, the city of Naperville announced last week it would implement a salt conservation plan, according to a city of Naperville press release. 

So far this year, the city has responded to 31 winter events and spread 16,000 tons of salt. In comparison, at the end of January last year, the city had only responded to seven winter events and spread 4,300 tons of salt. 

The Department of Public Works will begin supplementing the salt supply by mixing in sand for application on secondary roadways. Currently, primary roadways will continue to be salted.

As a result of this change, drivers may experience some snow-packed roadways within neighborhoods and should adjust their speed to accommodate these conditions. Drivers are reminded to slow down, use caution and leave extra space between vehicles when driving in winter conditions.

The city has established a priority plowing system for approximately 1,500 lane miles so that main traffic routes and thoroughfares are plowed first. Here is a look at how Naperville will plow its roads: 

  • Primary streets which include main streets, roads through subdivisions, roads that link arterial roads, and streets with schools will be plowed and salted. 
  • Secondary streets, which include residential streets as well as cul-de-sacs with 16 or more homes whose driveways are located on the cul-de-sac, will be plowed but will only receive the salt/sand mix on hills, curves and controlled intersections. 
  • Cul-de-sacs with less than 16 homes and alleys will be plowed; however, they will only be salted if absolutely necessary. 
  • Parking lots in the downtown, at the train stations, and at City buildings will be plowed, and only the drive aisles will be salted. Sidewalks and the train station platforms will continue to be cleared and salted.  

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Source: City of Naperville press release

Charlene Jontel February 05, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I live in South Old Farm, and the roads have still not been plowed! It was a treacherous drive to Lincoln Jr. High this morning... NONE of the roads were plowed, and no plows in sight! I don't care that the City is low on salt, what about just plain plowing the damn streets? Where were they over night? We all heard that we'd get 4-6 inches overnight, so why not start earlier? My recycling and garbage have been picked up, but still no plows. 87th and Ring Rd., still unplowed. Two school routes still a mess! I pay WAY too much in taxes to have your interactive map tell me that now, at 12:58pm my streets are "in progess", and have been as of 11:30am!? How many plows to we have here in Naperville anyway? Still waiting..., oh and if no one noticed, it's still snowing!
bigtuna February 05, 2014 at 03:56 PM
All we pay in taxes and this town can't get more salt? Gross mismanagement,but I am certain they will use it to raise real estate taxes. Town is becoming a joke. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians...no disrespect to Indians. I know how PC Naperville has become.
Resurrected February 05, 2014 at 07:45 PM
I traveled the streets today and they were quite fine! As far as for the salt bigtuna all communities are facing shortages of salt! Salt has increased from 50.00 a ton to 300-400.00 a ton! That sure isn't Napervilles fault or mismanagement!

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