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How Clean Is Your Sidewalk?

By Samantha Abernethy | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Photo by Flickr user jazzejunqueinc.

Yup. There is snow out there. It’s not the first time this winter, and it certainly won’t be the last. Because it looks like a snow globe out there, this is your friendly neighborhood reminder to clear your sidewalks as soon as you can. If you’re unclear on the rules, I’ve copied the city’s “Snow and Ice Removal” ordinance below.

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC) have launched The Sidewalk Snow Clearance Campaign. Go to their website to download a poster or to nominate an individual or business for outstanding snow removal.

And have you seen anyone calling dibs on their parking spots yet this season? We don’t judge dibs either way. But if you see some good ones, snap a photo and sent it to us!

10-8-180 : Snow and Ice Removal

Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city abutting upon any public way or public place shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of such building or lot of ground.

If the sidewalk is of greater width than five feet, it shall not be necessary for such person to remove snow and ice from the same for a space wider than five feet.

In case the snow and ice on the sidewalk shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the pavement, the person having charge of any building or lot of ground as aforesaid shall, within the time specified, cause the sidewalk abutting on the said premises to be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or some similar suitable material, and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather shall permit, thoroughly clean said sidewalk.

The snow which falls or accumulates during the day (excepting Sundays) before four p.m. shall be removed within three hours after the same has fallen or accumulated. The snow which falls or accumulates on Sunday or after four p.m. and during the night on other days shall be removed before ten a.m.

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