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Snow Removal Information and FAQ's

The City of Highland Park reminds residents that it is a violation to remove snow from one parcel of property and deposit it onto another, including the adjacent public parkway, without consent of the property owner. Some snow removal companies push snow from one property, across public streets, and onto the parkway on the opposite side of the street. Depositing snow in this manner can damage property, create a nuisance, and hamper sight lines from adjacent properties. The City code does provide an exemption to allow plow operators to deposit snow on the City parkway located immediately adjacent to and on the same side of the street as the property from which the snow is being removed.

Property owners should inform their snow removal companies of the Snow Removal Ordinance provisions. Snow plow operations observed improperly depositing snow in violation of the ordinance will be cited; however, residents are ultimately responsible for compliance and may also be cited. Please see the graphic below as a guide to properly remove snow from your driveway, and contact the City Manager’s office at 847.926.1000 for more information.

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Snow Removal FAQ’s

When are specific streets plowed?
Under normal conditions, all streets are plowed at least once within the first six hours of a three-inch or less snowfall. Initial snow removal operations are staged simultaneously throughout the City and multiple plowing passes along streets are required to move snow to the curb. A winter storm’s magnitude may extend response times. Regardless, snow removal operations will continue until all streets are passable and all parking areas have been cleared.

How is the application of salt managed?
The initial salting effort concentrates on hills, intersections and inherently hazardous areas.

Why do plows occasionally fill driveway approaches?
Plows need to make multiple passes to push snow back to the curbs. Plows initially traverse the center of each street so cars can travel in both directions. Then, the plow trucks return to push the snow back to the curbs. This helps melting snow enter the storm sewers or other drainage systems. The City has approximately 10,000 residential driveways and it is not possible for the plow trucks to avoid filling driveway approaches.

How should drivers navigate the road when encountering a snow plow? 
The large heavy plow trucks are difficult to maneuver and visibility is reduced in less than optimal driving conditions. Plow trucks also generate slush obscuring visibility so it is important to stay clear at all times.

Who should residents call?
During regular working hours contact Public Works at 847.432.0807. During off hours or emergencies call the Police dispatch hotline at 847.432.7730.