The City of Galesburg Public Works Department issued a press release in an attempt to explain to the public the process they use for snow removal. The release detailed the salting, sanding, plowing and removal of snow mounds and how the city attempts to accomplish those tasks in the most efficient manner possible. The written procedures included below identify scenarios and spell out the plan to follow for each. The scenarios range from light frost on bridges only, to snow accumulations of two inches or more.
Light Frost on Bridges Only
All bridges are treated with either granular salt or liquid salt solution anytime the street temperature falls below freezing.
Heavy Frost, Freezing Rain, Sleet or Drizzle or Snow Accumulations Less Than Two Inches
All bridges and major streets are salted when streets begin to become icy from the freezing precipitation. Intersections of residential streets with major streets are also salted. Residential streets are not salted and no streets are plowed at this time.
Snow Accumulations of Two Inches Or More
A snow emergency is declared, and all state routes and major streets are plowed and salted. Intersections of residential streets with major streets are also salted. After state routes and major streets have been plowed, residential streets will be cleared. Residential streets are not salted.
The order in which snow removal will occur is:
1. Bridge overpasses
2. State routes - Henderson Street, Main Street, Grand Avenue and Linwood Road
3. All other major streets
4. Residential streets
5. City parking lots - usually the next day after the storm
Parking During Snow Emergencies
Citizens are reminded that an automatic parking prohibition will take effect on all city streets when snow accumulation reaches 2 inches. Cars parked on city streets at that time will be subject to ticketing and towing. The parking prohibition will remain in effect on all city streets for a period of 12 hours or until the street has been completely plowed. The Central Business District is not included in this parking prohibition except for the NW corner of the public square.
Removal and Clean Up of Snow Mounds
When excessive amounts of plowed snow becomes accumulated at intersections, center lanes, and city parking lots, crews will take action to remove the accumulation during a time of slow traffic and when staff and equipment are available.
For more information or to answer questions about snow removal procedures in the city of Galesburg, contact the Public Works Department at 309-345-3623. To report a snow or ice hazard on city streets, contact the Public Works Department during regular business hours or the Public Safety Building at 309-343-9151 during non-business hours.