Chicago Residents Reminded To Shovel Their Sidewalks

CHICAGO (WBBM) — With the Blizzard of 2011 behind us, the city is reminding residents to shovel their sidewalks.

There have been 500 complaints called into the city’s 311 center about snowy sidewalks, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports, the city is now placing yellow and black door hangers on homes that read: “Shovel your sidewalk. It’s the neighborly thing to do. It’s also the law.”

With the exception of Sundays, the city code requires that snow be removed from sidewalks within three hours—if it falls before 4 p.m. Otherwise it needs to be cleared by 10 a.m. the next day.

The fine is $50.

  • ect

    If a sidewalk in your neighborhood goes unshoveled call 311. I did and it worked.

  • Mia

    Do we get to fine the city for all the streets they havent cleaned properly?? Ei: ALL the right lanes of every street, the commute home has been horrible due to them not going back to finish the snow removal.

  • DN

    Mia one thing has nothing to do with the other. While a blizzard can cause delays in plowing streets coupled with the thousands of cars blocking the ability for plows to effectively plow streets you ALWAYS have the ability to shovel your sidewalk because its your duty and you dont have to wait for the city to do it. People who move to the city knew what they were getting in to…deal with it.

  • Nana

    Is someone going to volunteer to shovel the sidewalks of the elderly who can’t do it?

  • Manny

    Where did this “law” come from? Elderly, sick and disabled? Are you kidding? Is there a fine for breathing yet? Granted, people need to do their best to get snow off the ground but a fine? This could have only come from people who are out of touch with the real world.

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