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In Oak Lawn, Every Quadrant Has Its Own Plow

Oak Lawn snow rules in effect during plowing and salting, before big chill moves in on Sunday.

Oak Lawn's snow quadrants.
Oak Lawn's snow quadrants.
The 2014 snow events brought the usual complaints from Oak Lawn residents stating that the plows were getting to their streets fast enough, as well as comparisons to other communities where you could “see the blacktop.”

About ten inches of snow fell on Oak Lawn, at a pace of two-inches per hour, making conditions difficult for public works’ full fleet of 13 plows and six trucks to stay ahead.

To better understand the village’s snow and salting procedures, Oak Lawn is divided into 13 quadrants, where each quadrant has its own plow, supplemented by six trucks equipped with plow blades.

Following is Oak Lawn’s SNOW ATTACK plan:

  • The village’s main arterial streets, including 95th Street (U.S. 12-20) and Cicero Avenue (U.S. 50) get plowed and/or salted first;
  • followed by Main snow routes
  • Minor snow routes
  • All other village streets and alleys.

The Village of Oak Lawn DOES NOT plow or salt:

  • 103rd Street from Cicero to Central Avenue (Cook County);
  • Central and Ridgeland Avenues, from 87th to 111th Streets (Cook County);
  • All of 87th Street that runs through Oak Lawn, on the south side of the street (Cook County)
  • Pulaski Road between 93rd and 111th Streets, which gets plowed by IDOT;
  • Harlem Avenue (IDOT).

It would also help hasten plowing if residents would not park their cars on the streets.

The village has designated snow routes, on which cars are prohibited from parking after one-inch of snowfall.

In addition, there is an odd-even ordinance in place for side streets. If a snow emergency is enacted, cars may not park on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered calendar days, and visa versa.

We also included the Village of Oak Lawn's snow brochure with this story.

Friday’s forecast calls for temperatures between 12-14 degrees, with blowing and drifting snow during the afternoon, the National Weather Services says.

Expect wind gusts of up to 35 mph Friday night into early Saturday morning, which may produce blizzard-like conditions.

Saturday will feel like spring with temps in the 30s, with a 50-percent chance of snow. Then get ready for the big chill to move in, with a low of 11-below on Sunday night, 9-below on Monday, 19-below on Monday night and more of the same on Tuesday.
kaitlyn January 03, 2014 at 08:54 AM
THANK YOU so much for posting this information, although I have not been able to view the brochure. I searched the Village web site yesterday & couldnt find anything.
Pepper Potts January 03, 2014 at 10:20 AM
This information is very helpful. Understandable with the amount of snow and availability of trucks when streets become plowed.
tmarc75 January 03, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Good read!
MM January 03, 2014 at 12:31 PM
I'll bet that since I moved from Merrimac between 87th and 89th Sts., it's getting plowed in a timely manner. But when I lived there it would take a good 2-3 days before it got plowed even once and we had to fight our way out. I got stuck in it several times with my car.
Pat F January 03, 2014 at 12:51 PM
I was under the assumption 95th st and Cicero ave were State(IDOT) roads under their control??? They were the people who told us how they were going to design 95th back in the day with No Parking because it was their road? Anyone know for sure??
Honestly IPO January 03, 2014 at 05:07 PM
I want to thank the plow drivers who cleared Newland Ave between 88th place and 87 st. We only got one pass when it was snowing 2 inches every hour BUT we could get through. I have neighbors who park on BOTH sides of the street most days so plowing or sweeping usually leaves a huge mess. Thank you Patch for information.
Pat F January 03, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Call the police..There is a law about parking on both sides when you get snow..better yet, inform these people(and there are a lot of them) they now live in the suburbs and those driveways going up to their houses are for parking their vehicles! I still think a No Parking between 12+6 AM on all streets would solve a lot of these problems!!
Wonder Woman January 04, 2014 at 01:20 AM
If each quadrant has its own plow, there's no reason for the streets to look as horrible as they do. These trucks need to be sent out sooner, BEFORE 6 inches has been packed down by hours of being driven on. It's pretty sad when most of Burbank's streets are completely clean down to the pavement, and I'm still sliding through intersections in Oak Lawn and several streets don't even look plowed at all. You want to save a few bucks and have plows go out later so you don't have to pay OT, great. But the public's safety really has to start coming first over the money. One more snow removal job like this last one and everyone's political career will go the way of Mike Bilandic.
Bob January 04, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I work on the northside and once i left Oaklawn the streets were fine Thursday on the way to work and on the way home. For Pat F idea about no parking on streets between 12 -6 am what if people have more cars than will fit in their driveway.
Time.To.Clean.Up.Oak.Lawn. January 04, 2014 at 12:20 PM
And what if your area of town has NO DRIVEWAYS! My husband went to work on Thursday at 6am. Reported that Oak Lawn streets were horrible. Cicero Ave looked like Lake Shore Drive in Feb 2011...but Pulaski was down to just wet pavement and even EP side streets were good. Another failure on the part of Bury and her crew. They just keep screwing the taxpayers left and right. How can we file a recall and when will we see a press release about Larry D. being escorted out of Village Hall.
OakLawnGuy January 04, 2014 at 02:47 PM
The poor condition of the side streets is evidence that either something went awry in the Village's strategy or their aren't enough personnel or trucks to get out there. Let's see if they address this storm (and the one to come this weekend) at the next meeting.
P Flan January 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM
The rumor is they ran out of salt???>>Bob..how many cars have you got..better yet, how many different families are living in the houses with 6-8 cars??
Bob January 04, 2014 at 06:27 PM
I have 4 cars. I have kids in college and highschool.
OakLawnGuy January 04, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Salt? I'm talking about 4 inches of snow still on the street, unplowed.
P Flan January 04, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Everywhere I've been in OL it's been plowed, just not down to the street?? Not sure what section you're in but everywhere I've been through was plowed??
Wendy January 04, 2014 at 07:41 PM
This article states that alleys are plowed. In the 11 years I've lived here, the alley was plowed only once, and that was when we had a blizzard. The old guy at the end of the street likes to shovel his snow in the alley making it worse. Grrrr!
john artis January 04, 2014 at 08:08 PM
People see what they want to see depending on whether they like the current administration or not. The plowing job was done the same as it always was. It will never be perfect for everyone.
Wonder Woman January 04, 2014 at 08:28 PM
For the record Andy - sorry, I mean John - I thought Heilmann's administration did a crappy job of plowing the streets, too. Good try, though. I would like to note that it's currently been snowing for 5 hours and we've yet to see a plow even on 95th Street or 99th Street in my quadrant.
OakLawnGuy January 04, 2014 at 08:32 PM
No John, it's not. For me, it has nothing to do with who's in office. The streets by St Germaine (as of 5PM today) are virtually untouched. They just didn't do a good job with this storm and I will wait to see if they have any comment.
john artis January 04, 2014 at 09:16 PM
OLG 52nd av is in good shape
Bob January 04, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Was in Tinley Park today and all streets were plowed to the pavement.
MM January 05, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Not good to hear, but it seems nothing has changed since I left.
OakLawnGuy January 05, 2014 at 10:20 AM
52nd Avenue is just fine, even this morning. If everyone lived on 52nd Avenue, and all the stores and churches and schools were on 52nd Avenue, there would be no complaints. But they aren't, and there are. So someone's got some splainin to do. We get snow cleared very efficiently sometimes, and this is one time it didn't happen. So, just because others make it political doesn't mean I am doing so.
richard fitswell January 05, 2014 at 12:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0Yf_fvD-lY
MP January 06, 2014 at 08:39 AM
I thought the streets in my "quadrant," 13, were fine. Once we drove north towards 95th St, it seemed bad.
P Flan January 06, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Went out this morning and it seems most of the streets are plowed pretty could considering we got a foot of snow with sub-zero weather...The streets in bad shape were the ones where there are cars parked all over the place! Most of these vehicles still haven't been cleaned off or moved?? If you don't use your vehicle, do your neighbors a favor and move them off the street so your block can be plowed!!
OakLawnGuy January 06, 2014 at 02:11 PM
I will say this, I saw cars on snow routes that were plowed in and actually had tickets on them. That wasn't done much in the past.
scouter January 26, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Pat F - that would not work in my neighborhood. We have a LOT of college and high school kids and not everyone has a driveway big enough. I also have a kid in college who has friends that come to stay for a week or two. Sometimes I have 4 or 5 college kids here, as well as my car and my hubby's car. I have also had family come to stay - my sister is in a nearby nursing home and she is in hospice. The family stays with me, so they can see her before she passes. SO that type of ordinance will not work. By the way, when they are getting ready to pass these ordinances, how do we know that they are coming up? Just asking - because some of these ordinances are little more than harassment for residents who are immobile or in poor health (with medical bills) and are barely making it. My one neighbor is lucky, her son will come from another town and help her - but not all of my neighbors are so blessed.
Pat F January 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Well, for the people with not enough parking spaces off street, I suggest you get together with your neighbors to park odd even( according to the law) and the plows can do a much better job...

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