Kankakee Environmental Services Utility Department of Public Works (DPW) For more information, call (815)933-0472
Snow Removal Process
Phase 1: The mains are always completed first based on the map. During heavy snows these mains will continue to be cleaned while it is still snowing. Once the crews are on top of the mains they will transition to Phase 2 (side streets). Note if the mains start to get away from them the crews could pull off of Phase 2 and will start hitting the mains again.
Phase 2: Once the mains are cleared all drivers will disperse throughout the entire city and will start hitting the side streets. Keep in mind when residents do not follow the ordinance with parking on different sides of the streets on odd days and even days some of these side streets may take longer than others. There are times that crews will have to clear the same street 3-4 times in one day due to residents not following the parking ordinance. Keep in mind every storm condition, accumulation rate and where residents decide to park on these residential streets are never the same. It makes be difficult to predict an exact location and time where the crews will be in Phase 2. If one area happens to take longer than others the crews who may be caught up in there area will help each other as needed. The crews will clear everything as quickly as possible based on current conditions of a particular storm. Crews will also start the "Curbing Out" process to insure streets are cleared from Curb to Curb.
Phase 3: Once the mains and side streets are complete the crews look at the waste hauler schedule to insure that the alleys in these areas are cleared for the garbage trucks. The crews will do there best to insure that they are ahead of the waste haulers garbage routes.
Phase 4: Crews for many days following the storm will continue to "Curb Out" the streets. This is to insure that every street has the snow cleared from Curb to Curb in anticipation of the next storm. If this process is not accomplished residents will start parking further away from the curb, closer to the center of the street, and the plows will not be able to get down the middle of the street for the next storm.
All we ask for is that all residents follow the snow removal ordinance. This will enhance the efficiency of snow removal though out the city and would minimize vehicles being plowed in on these side streets. Note there are only a limited number of drivers that cover the entire City per 12 hour shift. They will work around the clock until everything is complete.