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Snow and Ice Control




The Village of Deerfield Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the roads and sidewalks throughout the Village during the winter season.  The goal is to have all streets cleared and pavement in a safe and passable condition within 24 hours following the conclusion of a snowfall event. The Village has been divided into twelve plowing and four salting routes. Within each route, streets are assigned a priority so that major streets are cleared first followed by side streets and cul-de-sacs.
Village Maintained Streets - Streets are maintained based on priority. Priority one streets: Deerfield Road, Waukegan Road, Kates Road, and Pfingsten Road are cleared and salted first to maintain safe collector routes for all vehicular traffic. Side streets are cleared next and salt is used in a limited fashion. The Village’s policy is to control salt usage to reduce the impact on infrastructure, equipment and the environment, while still maintaining safe winter driving conditions. Cul-de-sacs and dead end streets are plowed using smaller trucks and are further down the priority list.
Sidewalks - Certain sidewalks, approximately 60 miles, are plowed by the Village after a snowfall of 3 inches or more. Sidewalks along major roadways and near schools are plowed. Like street plowing, priority is given to major routes and sidewalks around schools and in the downtown business district. To see a map of sidewalk plowing routes please click here. Residents are encouraged to clear snow from the sidewalk around their homes to prevent ice build-up along public sidewalks.
Driveways - Drivewaysare often impacted by snow removal efforts on the street. Village crews will try to clear snow to the curb as soon after the storm as possible; however, during heavy snowfalls, plows may run as many as 3 or 4 passes to clear snow, resulting in snow being pushed across the base of all driveways. Consider this before you begin to clear your driveway. Also, remember to throw snow being removed from your driveway to the “downstream” side (the right side as you face the street). This will reduce the impact that street plowing has on your driveway access.
Winter Parking Restrictions - Parking on Village Streets during a snow emergency is prohibited. A snow emergency is as an accumulation of three inches or more of new snow/ice in a 24 hour period. Vehicles parked on the street make it difficult for Village crews to plow. Please assist in keeping the streets clear.
Help Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow - The Village asks that residents help to keep fire hydrants accessible for the Fire District by clearing space around all sides of any hydrant in proximity to your home as you complete your shoveling or snow blowing. Your private contractor can help in this effort as well. Fire hydrants that are buried or blocked by piles of snow may result in the Fire District not being able to locate the hydrants in a timely manner in emergency situations.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 847-317-7245.



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