Snow & Ice Control Program

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City of Crystal Lake Public Works Department

Snow RemovalLarry Zurek, Street Division Superintendent
Office: (815) 356-3700 ext. 4019
Fax: (815) 356-3677

Street Division, Snow & Ice Control Program

The Public Works Department is responsible for the City’s Snow and Ice Control Program on 175 centerline miles of public streets within the corporate limits of the City of Crystal Lake. The City is divided into 19 snow routes and 8 cul-de-sac routes. As part of a maintenance agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the City snowplows U.S. Route 14 between Crystal Lake Ave. and Main St., and Route 176 between Walkup Ave. and Erick St.  The City is not responsible for the snowplowing and salting of privately owned streets or roadways under the jurisdiction of McHenry County Division of Transportation (i.e. Walkup Ave., Ackman Rd., Randall Rd., Virginia Rd., or Pyott Rd.).

Salting operations begin as soon as streets become slippery; while snowplowing operations commence when more than one (1) inch of snow has accumulated on City streets. All of the City’s 19 main routes are salted and plowed simultaneously to ensure coverage of critical areas such as main arterial roads, intersections, curves, hills, railroad crossings, and school zones. Salt use is minimized for environmental benefits and to reduce the impact on the Crystal Lake watershed and other areas that receive storm water runoff.

Snowplowing operations of all 19 main routes usually take between four and six hours to complete, depending on the severity of the snowstorm. In heavy snowstorms, crews will make two passes down each street and a single pass into cul-de-sacs to make streets and cul-de-sacs accessible. Full width plowing operations, from curb to curb, will be completed after the snow event has diminished. 

Winter Weather Tips

• Snow should be cleared from fire hydrants to assist the Fire/Rescue Department.

• Pushing or blowing of snow into City streets or right-of-ways is prohibited.

• Residents are asked not to park on City streets at night. Parking is prohibited from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

• Snow should be shoveled to the right-hand side of the driveway (as viewed from the house) to help reduce the amount of snow pushed back into driveways

• Fringe snow pushed back into driveways cannot be avoided, as all streets must be snowplowed from curb to curb to allow for proper drainage and mailbox access.