With the season’s first significant snowfall forecast for campus, Facilities & Services (F&S) staff is dedicated to snow/ice removal efforts and will be working to keep the university open and accessible for students, faculty, and staff.

Campus snow removal is a carefully coordinated, cooperative effort involving multiple F&S departments and the cities of Champaign and Urbana.  

Links to city and state snow removal information, campus web cameras to view conditions, and parking information are available on the F&S website: http://www.fs.illinois.edu/services/maintenance/snow-removal.  If you have questions about snow removal, contact the F&S Service Office, 217-333-0340.

Your patience and assistance are appreciated while crews do their best to clear snow and work as quickly as practical to expedite its removal.   

If assigned parking areas have yet to be plowed, use designated priority lots (E14, B1, F27) and Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) service. Please do not park in unplowed lots as it further complicates and delays snow removal efforts.

Typically, an initial clearing pass is made of all 80 miles of campus sidewalk by 8:00 a.m. Variable winter weather conditions can significantly impact locations across campus, forming persistent snow/ice in some areas and impeding the ability of the F&S Grounds department to maintain sidewalk and bicycle pathways cleared from edge-to-edge. University Housing and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics perform some snow removal at campus residence halls and athletic facilities.

Prior to winter weather events, F&S Grounds and Transportation crews will apply brine to streets, parking lots, and sidewalks to assist with melting snow and ice. This de-icing solution is an economical and effective way to pretreat large areas of campus without harming the landscape.

Road Salt:
Due to repeated snow and ice events last winter, regional salt supplies remain at lower-than-normal levels causing some salt prices to more than double from last year. Current university reserves are sufficient for a winter with typical snowfall. F&S will continue to evaluate all available supply options and will stay in contact with the cities of Champaign and Urbana to coordinate snow removal.

Extreme Conditions:
At any time, winter weather conditions may become so unusual or unexpected that F&S staff, in consultation with campus administration, may briefly order a departure from general snow removal procedures.


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