All streets first receive two passes down the center of the street by the plow to open access to the neighborhood. After all streets of the Village are plowed through one time, the plow returns to do curb-to-curb scrapes.
It is against Village ordinance to push snow into the street from a driveway or parking lot. Anyone putting snow onto the street runs the risk of potential liability if an accident occurs. Also, residents and plowing services should not stack snow around fire hydrants or on the sidewalks. Please help us keep fire hydrants visible. Do not put your garbage cans or recycling bins in the street. They can interfere with the snowplow and the street sweeper.
During the holiday season and national winter sports events such as the Super Bowl, when residents entertain at their homes, please encourage your guests to park on one side of your street in case of snow. This will help open pathways for plows until the cars can be removed from the street.
Snow Plowing Jurisdictions
The Village of Tinley Park takes great pride in making sure all of the roads within its jurisdiction are plowed and salted during a storm event. Please keep in mind that several state and local agencies other than the Village are responsible for snow removal on some roads. Check out a map of the various snow removal jurisdictions in Tinley Park, as well as contact information for the agencies involved.
Snow piling at the end of the driveway or pushed up in the parkway is an unavoidable part of the snow plowing process. The plow operators cannot control the amount of snow coming off the edge of the plow blade. The Village’s main priority is to make the streets safe for emergency vehicles and motorists. Please don’t shovel or blow the snow back into the street, as it can create dangerous conditions for motorists or even cause an accident. Please keep in mind that shoveling or blowing snow into the street is an ordinance violation.
Where's the Plow?
If it’s snowing and you’ve yet to see a plow come down your street, please keep in mind that the Village’s first objective during a snow storm is to plow the primary routes to make them accessible for emergency vehicles. Once the plows get down to pavement, they begin on side streets. Cul-de-sacs and parking lots are done by a contractor.
Snow plow operators drive the speed limit; however, sometimes plow trucks appear to be moving fast due to their size, the sound of the plow being pushed along the streets and the force of the snow being pushed. If you suspect a plow truck is driving too fast, call the Village with the location and time it was witnessed and the Village will access that truck’s GPS record and address it with the driver.
During a snow storm, it's difficult for Village supervisors to return phone calls because they are handling the storm event. Supervisors will make every effort to contact a resident if it’s an emergency; all other concerns can be addressed the following week. Things that constitute an emergency during a snow storm include residents with medical conditions needing to get to doctor appointments or pick up emergency prescriptions, or residents who can’t get out of their driveway because it’s blocked by snow.
There are times when snow plow operators must drive with the plows up. Reasons include a shift change or meal break; the road doesn’t belong to the Village (such as a state or county road); or the plow has mechanical issues.
2018-19 Snow Response Reports
The following provides residents with detailed reports on the Village's response to each snow event during the 2017-18 season.
Event 1: November 15, 2018
Trucks were dispatched at 7 a.m. Nov. 15, and routes were completed at 10:30 a.m. that same day. Snow amounted to one inch. Total amount of salt used was 100.49 tons.
Event 2: November 25, 2018
Trucks were dispatched at 9 p.m. Nov. 25, and routes were completed at 6 p.m. Nov. 26. Snow amounted to 3.5 inches. Total amount of salt used was 373.51 tons.
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