Primary roads clear, trash pickup next focus

2014-01-08T00:00:00Z Primary roads clear, trash pickup next focusGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
January 08, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | The city's Streets and Sanitation crews have been busy clearing roadways on the Southeast Side as Chicago Public Schools officials announce on Twitter they will reopen schools today.

However, travel in the 10th Ward was still being impacted by a traffic signal at 106th Street and Indianapolis Boulevard that had been malfunctioning due to the cold weather, officials said Tuesday.

Indianapolis Boulevard runs into Chicago’s East Side neighborhood at 106th Street, where a traffic signal has not functioned properly for several days.

Aides to 10th Ward Alderman John Pope said Tuesday the traffic signal falls under the Hammond's jurisdiction, and Chicago city officials are not able to address it. Calls to Hammond Public Works officials were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Another traffic signal at 106th Street and Avenue O that malfunctioned Monday afternoon was repaired by the city within two hours they said.

Ward officials said that city Streets and Sanitation crews had managed to clear all major streets in the 10th Ward and were working Tuesday to clear side streets in the South Chicago, East Side, Hegewisch and South Deering neighborhoods. Some 200 trucks were working across Chicago on Tuesday, city officials said.

Later in the week, Streets and Sanitation crews will begin tracking the alleys, which are not plowed like main and side streets. Instead, heavy equipment is driven through the alleys to compact the snow and create a passable route.

Other Illinois municipalities on the state line also were coping with the weather, which has interfered with the usual routines for trash pickup.

In Lansing, Village Administrator J. Wynsma said crews from Homewood Disposal on Tuesday were able to complete all of Monday’s routes, meaning that this week's trash pickup will only be delayed one day and all routes in the village should be complete by Saturday.

In Glenwood, however, officials put a notice on the village website at saying trash pickup was delayed Tuesday for a second day, due to cold temperatures.

Wynsma said temperatures have risen to the point where salt spread on streets to melt ice should now start to work, and that weather forecasts calling for rain during the weekend also will help to clear away much of the current mess.

In Sauk Village, Clerk Debbie Williams said Tuesday her community, “has not had any significant problems.” The village makes weather-related and public safety information available through “Sauk Village alerts” it periodically sends out.

Anyone who wants to receive such alerts should go to the village website at, and click on the portion reading, “Get free E-mail updates from Sauk Village.”

Williams said people then need to respond to an email message from the village asking them to confirm their email address. Once that is done, they will automatically receive the alerts.

“It’s all the information the village has, in real-time,” Williams said.

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