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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.
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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