Chicago prepares for ‘all winter-weather scenarios’

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Speaking at a press conference Saturday with OEMC and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams outlined some of the city’s upcoming winter-weather plans.

Williams said the city will begin this year’s snow season with “almost 400,000 tons of salt on the ground.”

The commissioner also discussed some of the technologies aimed to help improve resources, which include city-wide camera monitoring of road conditions and rate of snowfall.

The technologies, Williams said, allow the city “to adjust resources and equipment and deployment based on real-time conditions.”

Williams also took some time to remind motorists of the annual Chicago overnight parking ban. The ban will be enforced on certain streets beginning Dec. 1 through April 1, Williams said, from 3 a.m. 7 a.m., “regardless whether or not there is a snowfall.”

Violations of the bans “prevent critical routes from being fully plowed,” he added.

Williams also gave general advice to motorists to “be patient,” and reminded citizens to always “drive for the conditions.”

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