Champaign activates snow routes, sidewalks rules

Champaign has activated emergency snow routes and its sidewalk-clearing rules.

From a city news release:

"City of Champaign SNOW ROUTES are activated as of 8:00 a.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 15.) 
 
Vehicles parked on the following streets must be removed by 3:00 p.m.
 
  • UNIVERSITY AVENUE  from State St. to Mattis Ave.
  • CHURCH STREET  from State St. to Mattis Ave.
  • STATE STREET  from Bradley Ave. to Kirby Ave.
  • RANDOLPH STREET  from Bradley Ave. to Hessel Blvd.
 
Park on driveways and non-primary routes or in the Hill Street Parking Deck (parking is free from 9:00 p.m. Friday – 3:00 a.m. Monday, and $0.75/hour after that). 
 
Vehicles remaining on snow routes after activation are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.  Vehicles that are towed will be relocated to the north end of the Champaign Police Department. Parking remains prohibited on these streets until the Public Work Director cancels the activation."
 
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SIDEWALK SNOW REMOVAL
 
Due to the winter storm, snow has accumulated to 2 inches or more on sidewalks. In order to make the sidewalks safe for pedestrians, City Ordinance requires sidewalks to be cleared 48 hours after the Public Works Director declaration.  The period for compliance begins 9:00 a.m., Sunday, December 15, 2013. Sidewalks need to be cleared by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Sidewalks must maintain a path the width of the sidewalk or 48”, whichever is less. Sidewalks not in compliance could be cleared by the City at the owner’s expense.
 
A map of the Downtown and Campustown areas and the Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance can be found on the City’s website, www.ci.champaign.il.us/snow
 
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