SSA #31 provides supplemental sidewalk snow removal within the SSA boundaries as well as supplementary snow plowing for the parking spaces in the Ravenswood corridor to help keep our commercial corridors safe and accessible to employees and customers.
When do we provide service?
Only when snow fall is greater than 2 inches. Our contract runs Nov. 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018.
Where do we provide service?
Within the SSA boundaries, generally covering Clark Street (Ainslie to Montrose); Damen Avenue (Argyle to Eastwood); Irving Park (CTA station to Ashland, north side only); Lawrence Avenue (Leavitt to Clark); Montrose Avenue (Seeley to Clark); Wilson Avenue (Wolcott to Hermitage); and Ravenswood Avenue (Lawrence to Grace on the west side / Lawrence to Irving Park and Grace to Waveland on the east side).
Do I still need to shovel the sidewalk in front of my property?
YES! This service does not relieve property owners of their legal responsibility to clear the sidewalks in front of their property. Per Chicago Municipal Code (4-4-310 & 10-8-180):
- You must shovel snow as soon as possible after it falls seven days a week. Snow that falls between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. must be removed no later than 10 p.m. Snow that falls between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. must be removed by 10 a.m.
- You must clear a path at least 5 feet wide on all the sidewalks adjacent to your property, including any crosswalk ramps. Do not shovel the snow into the right-of-way.
- If you are responsible for a corner lot, you must remove snow and ice from sidewalks on all sides of your building and from corner sidewalk ramps.
Why are there NO PARKING signs along the Ravenswood corridor?
We also provide overnight (between midnight and 4 a.m.) snow removal of parking spaces in the Ravenswood corridor to ensure that employees and customers can access parking in the corridor the next morning. You may have noticed NO PARKING signs posted throughout the corridor. Please note that these ARE NOT enforceable, so you will not be ticketed or towed if you park overnight. However, these are intended to discourage overnight parking so that our crews can access the parking spaces to plow and so no one gets plowed in.
Questions and Comments
If you have any questions about snow removal, please contact SSA #31 program coordinator Michael Sewall at 773-975-2088 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.