Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Salt the Side Streets Already

We were driving through the burbs today and marveling at the curb-to-curb plow job and ice-free side streets. Then we came back into the city and slid through an intersection that, unfortunately, lacks a direct sunlight exposure that might have assisted in melting the glaze ice from the overnight freeze.

It certainly seems everyone is skimping on the salt:
  • The Eisenhower Expressway inbound lanes have reopened between Wolf and Mannheim after salting for ice.

    IDOT is warning travelers throughout the night that conditions and temperatures are ideal for the development of black ice, which is difficult for drivers to see and can cause spin-outs and accidents. IDOT encourages all drivers to slow down and drive cautiously when on roads and highways in the Chicago area tonight.
The three wrecked squads in 010 the other night also make one wonder how much icy streets contributed to the wrecks. We lost a sergeant a few years back to icy roads.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salt just causes vehicles to rust away prematurely. Spare the salt, and and small gravel works just as well, that and slowing down.

1/27/2015 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahmmy is hoping the minimal snowfall and the possibility of above-freezing daytime temps will save him from having to use salt on the side streets and pay any drivers some OT. My street was like a layer of glass last night. You could have slid a puck down my street and it would have gone the entire block.

1/27/2015 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you live on Fran's block you would be very happy, curb to curb, I think she even got a little salt on the driveway

1/27/2015 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Black ice jills and it killed that glant young P.O. from TRU a few years ago The young soul went on a call when he hit the black ice. He know watches over the CPD, Rest in Peace young brother Eric, you were a good person and copper and we lost a warrior of the streets.
For all you young bucks, forget the chasing hot cars, fuck em'. You are putting yourself in great danger even in good weather.
I like seeing young copper' walking and MF'ing the bosses and not hurt.
May the good Lord watch over all the great people of patrol who are always the hero' of the street. Us old timers' , present and retired guys who had rank think your guys are real police. For the bosses that left the job and were JO' to 9161', choke on a listener sandwich bone.

1/27/2015 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You want retro checks and salt on the roads? Pick one or the other, because you aren't getting both. Chicago is Broke. Illinois is Broke.

And don't even think of getting your pension funded. We be Broke!

1/27/2015 03:10:00 AM  
Blogger JohnL said...

Come by the intersection of Paulina and Highland, Thome or Granville and you can scrape up lots of salt for any other intersections you want to use it at.
O'connor is worried about the election and we are worried about the salt or chemicals piled up on the streets.

1/27/2015 05:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Icy roads had nothing to do with the accident in 010 the other night

1/27/2015 05:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Wisconsin they salted my street yesterday. Twice. As they usually do. Unlike Chicago, here , when they plow the streets they plow curb to curb and salt the entire street. None of the nonsense of plowing once down the middle of the street on the side streets leaving a huge amount of snow on each side of the street. Call them cheese heads all you want but they do things right up here unlike in Chicago where the political hacks just go through the motions and make things worse.

1/27/2015 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Each snow evert costs the City a million dollars. That is money that could be stolen for something much more lucrative

1/27/2015 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Election year salting of the side streets is taking place. On Sunday during a minor snowfall here came the city salt truck down my side street. This morning in the early morning hours the side street was salted. Two weeks ago days after the heavy snow the salt trucks salted the alley intersections. I do not remember getting such great service in the years past and I fear it is only because it is an election year.

1/27/2015 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a downside to the "perfect" plow jobs done in the suburbs. I live in downtown Arlington Heights, and every time there is even a dusting of snow, the plows will be working a full eight-hour night shift going over the same damn parking lots and sidewalks 10 different times. In my high rise, where the windows may as well be paper, the blaring reverse sirens can keep you up all night if you don't have earplugs or a white noise machine.

1/27/2015 08:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left the house at about 9am, side streets were salted! Can you tell its an election year?

1/27/2015 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salt the streets Rahm and Bruce. You wanted the titles now earn them.

1/27/2015 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on with it, Charlie. Put the salt down.

1/27/2015 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
You want retro checks and salt on the roads? Pick one or the other, because you aren't getting both. Chicago is Broke. Illinois is Broke.

And don't even think of getting your pension funded. We be Broke!

1/27/2015 03:10:00 AM

We be rolling in TIF money, so chill.

1/27/2015 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Salt is bad for your blood pressure.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

1/27/2015 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Beantown, the news is reporting that the snow plows have been working non-stop for 48 hours for a storm that started 24 hours ago.

1/27/2015 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah Charlie Williams--just another example of your total ineptness. Just like in the police department--promoted way beyond your competency level. You should be so proud.

1/27/2015 07:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come by the intersection of Paulina and Highland, Thome or Granville and you can scrape up lots of salt for any other intersections you want to use it at.
O'connor is worried about the election and we are worried about the salt or chemicals piled up on the streets.

1/27/2015 05:05:00 AM

O'Connor really isn't worried about the election. Trust me.

1/27/2015 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Come on with it, Charlie. Put the salt down.

1/27/2015 11:29:00 AM

Williams isn't going to salt until Rahm tells him to. That's how it works when your direct supervisor is the Mayor.

Rahm is probably saving that salt because he's terrified he'll be another Bilandic if there's a big snowstorm just before election day. Stockpiling the salt, just in case...

1/27/2015 11:19:00 PM  

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