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Make way for the plows: Kendall County municipalities restrict on-street parking to expedite snow removal

The arrival of the first measurable snow of the winter Tuesday prompted Kendall County municipalities to issue reminders concerning local on-street parking restrictions.

In a statement posted on social media, City of Yorkville officials noted that today’s snow had exceeded two inches, triggering a temporary ban on all on street parking.

“Vehicles are not to be parked on city streets until 24 hours after the snowfall has stopped. Please assist our city plows by having your vehicles removed from the roadway. We will post an additional update when the ban is lifted. Thank you and be safe,” the statement reads.

In another social media post, the village of Montgomery’s public works department asked village residents to remove their vehicles from the street to expedite snow removal and to keep fire hydrants around their homes shoveled and visible.

The public works department also reminded residents that on-street parking is prohibited after snowfalls of two inches or more.

On-street parking is also temporarily prohibited in Oswego and Plano after snowfall of two inches or more.

A post on the Oswego’s website reads: “Village ordinance prohibits parking on streets after two inches of snowfall. This restriction is in effect until the street has been plowed curb to curb, and includes all vehicles, including those with an on-street overnight parking exemption.”

In a social media post, village officials reported that snow plow crews are out and suggested to residents they stay off the roads if possible.

“It sounds like a great day to stay home, make some hot chocolate and build a snow man, but if you are headed out remember to slow down, increase distance and be safe on the roads,” the post reads.

On Plano’s website, residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on city streets after snows of two inches or more for 24 hours after the snowfall has ended.

In addition, the city cautions residents it is unlawful to deposit snow on city streets after removing it from sidewalks and driveways. Violators may be subject to fines up to $150 under city ordinance.

The heavy, wet snow that started in the morning and continued into the afternoon over much of Kendall County and northern Illinois served to create hazardous road and highway conditions, resulting in numerous property damage accidents throughout the county.

Among the many crashes was a collision at approximately 1:20 p.m. on Route 31 at Route 30 in Montgomery that prompted police to shutdown a ramp linking the two highways.

Earlier, police had responded to a collision on Route 25 near Boulder Hill Pass in Boulder Hill and on Route 34 at Cannonball Trail in Yorkville.

Much of northern Illinois is under a winter weather advisory for most of the day with up to three inches of snow possible expected in some areas.

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest snowfall amounts will continue through 3 p.m. with snow gradually ending by mid-evening.

“Driving conditions will continue to worsen with slick roads and periods of reduced visibility in the heaviest snow showers. Be cautious on the roads and be sure to increase distance between you and other vehicles,” a statement from the NWS reads.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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