Updated: UI, Parkland to resume classes Tuesday

Updated: UI, Parkland to resume classes Tuesday

Updated 9:01 p.m. Monday.

East Central Illinois is expected to be back to normal Tuesday, after one of area’s heaviest late season snowfalls on record.

Both Parkland College and the University of Illinois resume classes Tuesday. Spokeswomen for both campuses said streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and other areas were all clear by Monday afternoon. Parkland and the UI cancelled classes Monday due to the storm.

In Champaign, Superintendent Judy Wiegand said classes will be held Tuesday in that school district.

As of Monday evening, many of the school districts that aren’t already on spring break had not yet announced decisions on holding classes Tuesday.

Meanwhile, many area streets were clear by Monday evening, and snow plow crews planned on spending today doing touch up work on intersections and parking lots.

John Collins, operations manager for Urbana public works, said all primary and secondary streets were passable by Monday morning, and he anticipated snow removed from the city’s residential areas by midnight.

“This storm produced a lot of wet, heavy snow that slowed us down a bit,” Collins said. “It takes a little bit more time when you are pushing the heavier snow.”

Collins said his work crews would likely spend today removing snow from parking lots.

Dennis Schmidt, Champaign’s public works director, said he still planned on having a work crew report at 11:15 p.m. Monday to work throughout the night.

Schmidt said his crews finished clearing Champaign’s primary routes by 3 p.m. Monday and were working Monday night on removing snow from secondary streets.

“We expect to have plowed all streets by the time residents start heading out on Tuesday morning,” he said.

Tracy Wingler, Champaign County highway department maintenance supervisor, said rural roads were 99 percent clear of snow by 5 p.m. Monday.

“We plan to call it quits for the day at about 7 p.m.,” Wingler said. “The roads turned out to be in a lot better condition than we originally anticipated.

“We got a lot of sunlight to melt the snow, and we didn’t have a lot of cars in ditches. The winds weren’t quite as strong as what we experienced on Sunday, and we had salt underneath the snow helping to melt it pretty well.”

Wingler said county work crews will spend Tuesday pushing the remaining snow off of shoulders and doing touch up work on rural intersections.

“Hopefully this will be the last snowstorm of the season,” Wingler said.

Greg Hazel, Rantoul’s public works director, said his staff plans on working Tuesday to touch up intersections and widen the areas where the snow was previously plowed.

“Our guys did a great job throughout the afternoon and evening on Sunday and all day on Monday,” Hazel said on Monday night. “We have the streets plowed and cleared and the pavement showing.”

Meanwhile, Champaign’s multifamily recycling Program, “Feed the Thing,” is expected to be up and running again by Tuesday morning after being closed on Monday, according to Kris Koester, administrative services supervisor for Champaign Public Works.

“The city’s contractor for this program, Allied Waste, will be servicing all recycling containers as soon as they are able to, including Saturday,” Koester said. “The goal will be to service all containers before the week is out and resume regular service (next week).”

The Landscape Recycling Center, which was also closed on Monday, plans to reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition, ABC Sanitary is scheduled to resume collection for the U-Cycle program Tuesday. Collections will be made one day behind schedule all week long, with collections taking place this week on Saturday.

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