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Chicago To Cut Back On Plowing Snow
On Side Streets


2 Dec 08 - Mayor Richard M. Daley said Tuesday that city crews will cut back on plowing side streets this winter in an effort to save money. The mayor said the city will only plow side streets during weekday union business hours this winter, rather than during overtime hours

Snow on Monday cost $490,000 to clear. And more snow is on the way, and there could be up to five inches by Thursday morning. That will test the patience of Chicago residents.

City Department of Streets & Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi, according to the release from Streets & San, pointed out that Monday's moderate snow, which brought 2 1/2 inches to the North Side and 1 1/2 inches to the South Side, still cost $490,000 to clear because of high costs for equipment ($143,000), salt ($295,000) and workers ($51,000).

"Our full route system covers 9,456 lane miles and during a full snow program is patrolled by 274 snow-fighting trucks which use gasoline, spread salt and are operated by salaried drivers, so costs will naturally mount whenever we go out," Picardi said. "Our challenge is to find as many ways to provide this important service while still working to reduce costs."

"That was only 1.5 inches, 2.5 inches of snow. It's almost half a million dollars just like that," Mayor Daley said.

So cutbacks are necessary and the side streets will feel it first. They'll still be cleared, but not using Streets & San workers on overtime.
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