Complaints Of Slow Snow Removal Piling Up Say Aldermen

Many snow covered side streets remain unplowed according to residents and some aldermen. Photo credit: John O'Brien/DNA Info.

Many snow covered side streets remain unplowed according to residents and some aldermen. Photo credit: John O’Brien/DNA Info.

Five days after  snow from a major storm stopped falling, some Chicago aldermen and residents are charging the city has done a poor job clearing snow from side streets.

Thursday, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) initially claimed a “salt shortage” has led to “dangerous” conditions in his ward. Sawyer contended in a news release he thought the “crippled” side streets in his ward would be cleared as temperatures rose on Thursday, but was “shocked” to learn of a salt shortage that allowed trucks to dump only one load of slush-melting salt onto side streets.

But a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation denied that the city was facing a salt shortage and said that as temperatures rise, the existing salt on the roadways will start working better.

“We have more than 100,000 tons of salt, and our supply is being replenished daily. We have multiple vendors and will have enough salt for the winter season,” said the spokeswoman, Molly Poppe.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said his office is hearing complaints — “two to three hundred calls over the past few days.”

Waguespack said he believe that city plows waited too long before starting on the side streets so by the time the trucks got off the main routes the hard-packed snow had turned to thick ice.

Read more at DNA Info.

UPDATE: By early evening, Sawyer had softened his position according to ABC 7 News.

11 Responses to Complaints Of Slow Snow Removal Piling Up Say Aldermen

  1. […] Aldermen Calling for Better Plowing of Side Streets (Sun-Times, Expired Meter) […]

  2. Jeff says:

    Once again the crybabies at Streetsblog have for their lace panties in a big knot, as snow blocks their “pwecious bike wanes.” Welcome to Chicago in the winter:

  3. Drew says:

    Streets and San did wait too long.

    Ravenswood near where I live is a great example…all the snow under cars and trucks has solidified into back breaking compacted snow and ice.

    Jeff…in all honesty..that dumpster should never have been placed in the Bike Lane. The driver should have known better in the first place as well.
    And Waste Management should be fined.

  4. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    You always know how to get a laugh out of me. Dang, that’s funny stuff.

  5. Jeff says:


    I agree the dumpster was just ridiculous. But I do get a perverse thrill whenever the Sreetsbloggers get throw one of their self-righteous temper tanturms — about the kinds of nuisances drivers have to deal with every day.

  6. Jeff says:


    I know I shouldn’t take pleasure in someone else being inconvenienced.

    But I find it ironic that Streetsblogger are crying about losing bike lane space, while they have no such qualms about the BRT project turning Ashland from a vital four lane traffic artery into Chicago’s next urban planning fiasco — “Son Of State Street Mall.”

    If you don’t believe that arbitrarily choking off traffic lanes can produce nightmarish gridlock, ask the residents of Fort Lee, New Jersey for their view on this issue:

  7. Jeff says:

    The City of Chicago requires businesses and homeowners to shovel the sidewalks in front of their property, including curb cuts for wheelchair access — even if the snow has been deposited there by Street and Sanitation plow crews.

    “Well, surprise surprise, Sergeant Carter.”

    I drove by Lakeview High School this morning on the way to work. And lo and behold, the curb cut at the northeast corner of Ashland and Irving was piled up with snow – right on Chicago Public School property at Lakeview High. Watched several students struggle to make their way over the icy snowpile, while others wandered into traffic to avoid the slippery spot.

    With this kind of hypocrisy, is it any wonder why citizens of Chicago have such a low opinion of City government.

  8. Pete says:

    It’s interesting how the liberals on CNN are absolutely vilifying Chris Christie for tying up traffic for political reasons, yet they support BRT, bike lanes, and other Democrat efforts to tie up traffic for political reasons.

  9. B says:

    Not quite the same. One is political tit-for-tat the other is a utopian agenda that both democrats and republicans need to be on board with if they want to move forward in their political careers.

    streetsblog has been hillarious though, didn’t know it existed until I saw it linked from here, but its laugh riot. They can’t even see that they are cheering on the building of a Rockefeller foundation utopia of a late 19th/early 20th century company town where people have limited mobility and limited economic options.

    And the snow clearance whines… they had the plastic sticks put in the roads… wtf did they think would happen? Or maybe they thought global warming would come true and stop the snow ;)

  10. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Oof! That’s good stuff Pete.

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