[Champaign] Winter Safety Tips


The City’s Public Works Department takes great pride in making sure that our residents and visitors can travel safely around town, but they need your help!  While it is still too early to determine how this year’s winter will shape up, it is never too early to be prepared for the worst Mother Nature can throw at us. Are you ready?

Here’s a few winter safety tips:

  • When the snow flies, the City’s primary snow routes will be cleared within 12 hours of the end of the storm.
  • When you see the City’s snowplows on the road, be sure to give them extra room to operate. This allows snowplow drivers to safely maneuver around obstacles in front of them, and the salt and chemicals they’re spreading to reach the ground before vehicles drive over them.
  • Property owners in the designated Downtown and University District Sidewalk Snow Removal Areas are required to shovel their sidewalks within 48 hours following a snowfall of 2″ or more.  A path the width of the sidewalk or 48-inches, whichever is less, must be cleared for safe pedestrian travel.
  • Be sure your home and your car are winter-ready before a storm hits. The Centers for Disease Control’s website has great information about winter weather preparedness.