SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATION
Friday - January 30, 2015
Due to anticipated weather conditions throughout the weekend of January 31 through February 2, 2015, the Director of Public Works has declared a “Snow Emergency” for the City of Rockford beginning at 8:00 PM Saturday, January 31, 2015.
The Odd/Even parking ordinance will be placed in effect at that time and citizens will be required to follow this protocol or move their vehicles off the street until further notice.
Both Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st are odd numbered days. Vehicles shall be parked on the odd address side both days.
Updates to current and future snow operations will be provided throughout the weekend as weather conditions evolve.
The Street Division continually monitors road conditions, and when not in an operation, crews are available for individual salt or plow requests 24 hours a day. Make a request by calling 815-987-5771.
The City of Rockford or its contractors are not responsible for plowing or salting alleyways.
Previous operation summaries.
THE END OF YOUR DRIVEWAY
The City's crews and contractors use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a "windrow", ends up leaving a relatively small amount of snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.
The goal of the Street Maintenance Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.
Here's some information from the USPS website regarding mail carriers and ice/snow: (emphasis added)
"Letter carriers cannot make door or curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow or ice. Carriers are not allowed to attempt door delivery when there is a heavy buildup of snow and ice on sidewalks, steps or porches.
Ice is particularly dangerous on steps and any walking surface, especially painted wood or concrete, such as stoops and porches. When there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow runs or pools, a quick freeze can make a cleared sidewalk or driveway even slicker. That’s why sand or salt is recommended even after a storm is over.
Residences with mail delivery along the side of the road need to keep the mailbox in mind when clearing driveways and entrances. Snow should be cleared to the curb for at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up or exiting a vehicle."
Current Weather Condidtions