Snow and Ice Control
The Village of Gurnee Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Plan establishes control methods and procedures for winter weather events, which are designed to reduce threats to public safety and the traveling public. The plan enables the Public Works Department to plan, prepare and execute snow and ice control operations. The procedures established provide details pertaining to the personnel, equipment and materials to be used on Village streets.
The Gurnee Public Works Department is responsible for the Village’s snow and ice control operations on 243 centerline miles of public streets and 350 cul-de-sac and dead end streets within the corporate limits of the Village. The Village is divided into 11 snow routes. Each route is assigned a large truck, which is responsible for the plowing and salting of the primary and secondary roads, and a small truck, which handles the cul-de-sac and dead end streets. View a map of the Village's snow routes at http://webmaps.gurnee.il.us/PublicGallery/index.html.
The Village does not maintain any roads that fall under the jurisdiction of other agencies. Route 132 (Grand Avenue), Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue), Route 41, Route 45 and Route 120 (Belvidere Road) are maintained by the Illinois Department of Transportation (847-244-0034). Hunt Club Road, Washington Street, O'Plaine Road, Gages Lake Road, Stearns School Road east of Dilleys Road, Dilleys Road north of Route 132, Greenleaf Street south of Washington Street and Delany Road north of Route 41 are maintained by the Lake County Division of Transportation (847-362-3950).
Salting operations begin as soon as streets become slippery, while snowplowing operations commence when more than one (1) inch of snow has accumulated on Village streets. All of the Village’s 11 main routes are salted and plowed simultaneously to ensure coverage of critical areas such as main arterial roads, intersections, curves, hills, and school zones. Salt use is minimized for environmental benefits and to reduce the impact on the watershed and other areas that receive storm water runoff.
Public Works utilizes liquid ice melting chemicals for anti-icing and pre-wetting operations. Anti-icing is the application of a liquid blend of salt brine, sugar beet molasses, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride on selected pavements before a snow or ice event. Anti-icing is intended to disrupt the bond that forms between ice particles and the pavement surface; this allows more response time to snow events and reduces the amount of salt otherwise required. Pre-wetting is the process of spraying granular salt with liquid ice melting chemicals before spreading the salt on the roadway. Pre-wetting the salt helps it cling to the road instead of bouncing off or being swept off by traffic. To be effective as a deicing agent, salt requires moisture. Pre-wetting provides the necessary moisture to dissolve the salt, releasing heat, and thereby melting the ice and snow, as well as breaking the ice-road bond.
Snowplowing operations of all 11 main routes usually encompass between four (4) to six (6) hours to complete depending on the severity of the snowstorm. In heavy snowstorms however, crews will make two passes down each street and a single pass into cul-de-sacs to make streets and cul-de-sacs accessible. Full width plowing operations, from curb to curb, are completed after the snowstorms have diminished.
Every winter storm is unique. The variables of precipitation type (sleet, wet snow or fluffy flakes), temperature (air and surface; dropping or rising), time of day (day, night, weekend and/or rush hour), wind speed and direction, event duration and post-storm weather prediction, all affect the manner and effectiveness of snow fighting.
Please view the Public Works Department's Snow & Ice Control Plan (attached below) for more details.
If you have any questions regarding the Village’s snow and ice control operations, please call the Gurnee Public Works Department at (847) 599-6800. For snow-related emergencies after 3:00 p.m., please contact the Gurnee Police Department’s non-emergency number at (847) 599-7000.
Why Is Snow Piled On My Corner
Snow that accumulates across the side road at an intersection must be pushed back to allow visibility and to clear the entire street radius so vehicles may turn off of or onto a roadway. The snowplow operator will typically push snow onto the corner in the direction the truck is traveling. Depending on route design and the flow of traffic, some corners may get more snow than others. It is not practical to equally distribute snow on opposite corners.
If there is an accumulation of snow at a corner where there is a bus stop, children may need to move up the street in order to board the school bus. Please instruct children not to climb on the piles that have accumulated at the corners. If a snow pile on a particular corner becomes a sight clearance problem at an intersection, please call the Public Works Department and the snow will be removed as time permits.