Public Works Snow Removal
In general, when snow accumulations are two inches or less, Public Works Crews will apply a salt/liquid deicer mixture to soften the snow and prevent ice from bonding to the pavement. The salt is pre-wetted with a liquid blend consisting of salt brine, liquid calcium chloride and sugar beet juice. The use of this liquid blend allows us to use less rock salt while achieving improved snow-melting performance. This pre-wetting of the road salt allows us to save money by using less salt while also using a more eco-friendly material.
When snow accumulations exceed three inches, the front-mounted plows are used to move the snow off streets and onto parkways. Plows will first clear the arterial and collector streets. Trucks will make two opening passes on all streets, then return later to plow the full-width of the street to the curb.
The Village has approximately 300 cul-de-sacs which are divided into 10 zones for plowing operations. Each zone is assigned a driver with a small pick-up truck or a 1-ton dump truck with a plow. These crews plow these tighter areas when snow is two to three inches deep or greater.
Roads Plowed by IDOT or Cook County
The Village of Arlington Heights contains roads that are maintained by the State (Illinois Department of Transportation) and the County (Cook County Highway Department). These areas include Euclid west of Walnut near Northwest Highway and east of Waterman Rd. near Memory Gardens Cemetery, Wilke between Northwest Highway and Route 53, Central, Thomas east of Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights Road north of Rand, Hintz east of Arlington Heights Rd, and Lake Cook Road. See the complete map