Parking bans in Oak Park remain in effect while Public Works Departments work in overdrive mode to clear streets, sidewalks and access points to public transportation, according to village officials.
David Powers, a village spokesman, said that by roughly noon the village had already received 11 inches of snow and more is on the way. He said village public works crews have been working 12-hour shifts round-the-clock since New Year's Eve to remove the snow. He said 10 workers are out working eight snow plows to clear streets and two smaller plows to clear sidewalks and crosswalks.
"They usually do school crosswalks first, but because school is not in session, they are focusing on public transportation access points," he said.
He said snow plows are first focusing on main streets and then moving to arterial neighborhood streets. He said crews would eventually plow alleys.
"We're trying to clear the residential streets during the daytime," he said.
The public works department is enforcing the parking ban, which prohibits parking on streets posted as snow routes.
Parking is restricted on residential streets to one side from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Drivers must park on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days and the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days. Parking is restricted in designated commercial areas from midnight to 8 a.m.
Powers said village parking enforcement officers are out ticketing, but added that he had not heard of any cars getting towed due to plowing efforts.
"I think that parking enforcement officers use a certain amount of judgment if the roads have been plowed," Powers said. "They are not out just looking for people to ticket."
Warming centers also are up and running at the following locations:
Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 708-383-6400
Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 708-660-2211
West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, 708-383-6200