Chicago’s Snow Trucks Move To Side Streets

CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago had 174 of its snow fighting trucks patrolling Chicago’s side streets early Saturday afternoon, as temperatures were expected to drop into the single digits Saturday night.

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The Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 75 snow trucks at 4 a.m. to patrol the city’s main streets and another 99 trucks were added at 11 a.m. as light snow was falling across the city.

By early Saturday afternoon, all 174 trucks were switched over to the city’s side streets to treat them with salt, in anticipation of single-digit temperatures overnight.

The high temperature on Saturday was forecast to be about 19 degrees and, as of 12:45 p.m., the temperature downtown was 16 degrees. The temperature was expected to drop to a low of 8 degrees overnight.

For Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Bears and Green Bay Packers, temperatures are expected to be in the high-teens with a 40 percent chance of snow showers.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Barb K.

    How about the alleys in Chicago.???? They are totally sheets of ice. I have seem people sliding on the ice with their vehicle and right into people’s garages.

  • Letitia

    People sliding on the ice???? OMG!!!! Be careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jaycee

    It would be nice if we had a election ever yr we get our side street plowed and pot holes fix now we had to wait another four yrs before they come around and do anymore work

  • JeanSC

    Most private driveways open onto side streets or alleys – not the main streets and arterials where Chicago’s snowplows start. Motorists should not have to wait days for plows to work their way down the priority list, so they can drive from their own homes safely. This is why I’ve long advocated for a system including plowing of side streets by private individuals with snowplow attachments on their own vehicles (after training & insurance), who are allowed to plow in their own precincts and don’t have to wait for orders from S&S.

  • takenoutthetrash

    The city won’t start alleys until we rack up millins of dollars in workers comp claims from the folks picking up trash and the lawsuits from citizens….welcome to the city that works

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