Snow & Ice Removal

During the winter months, the Public Works Department works to remove snow and ice from Village streets. Public Works is responsible for 72 miles of roadway and during long or heavy storm events, plowing all streets can take some time. The Village's main roads such as Orchard Drive, Blackhawk Drive, Indianwood Boulevard, Westwood Drive, Wildwood Drive, Indiana Street, Illinois Street, Shabbona Drive, Lakewood Blvd, North Street, Dogwood Street, Alleghany Street, and Algonquin Street are plowed first then smaller roads the Village finds equally important like Minocqua Street, Homan Avenue, Winnebago Street, and Tamarack Street are then plowed. Main roads and local roads take approximately 3 hours or more depending on conditions to plow completely. Through the Village's commitment to reduce chloride use. Salt brine will be applied on two major routes prior to a storm. When possible and resources allow, brine will be applied to local roads. Plowing begins when there is 2 or more inches of snow accumulated on roadways, the Village anticipates that salt brine will allow for easier plowing process and a reduction in chloride use, but additional salt will be laid if need be. Local roads will be plowed and salted. On nights when snow and ice will melt during day but refreeze at night, the Village will apply salt brine and salt, as needed.

During a winter storm the Village will plow in tandem on main routes, when complete, plows split up and do passes on local roads. The process is then repeated during the course of the storm. Plowing will continue through the snowfall event and when the snow ceases to fall, final plow passes can keep the roadways clear. Any follow-up plowing will commence the next day.  

Residents in some parts of Park Forest may be part of homeowners associations or cooperatives who hold contracts with outside companies for snow and ice removal. If you are part of a cooperative or condo association, please inquire with your respective Management Office for details.

Snow Route Parking Ban

Per Village Resolution, there is NO PARKING on designated “Snow Route” streets, at any time there is an accumulation of two (2) inches or more of snow and/or ice on the roadway. The ban allows for Public Works crews to clear the roadway and parking area more effectively. This ban remains in effect until the storm event and accumulation of snow and/or ice has been removed.

While not required by ordinance on streets not designated as snow routes, not parking on side streets during heavy snowfall greatly assists crews in plowing and aids first responders in responding to emergencies.