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Champaign & Urbana Activate Sidewalk Snow Removal Requirements

A snowy day on Clark Street in Urbana.

Clark Street in Urbana, near the University of Illinois campus, on December 26th. Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media

In the wake of a Christmas Eve snowfall that dropped 3.2 inches of snow on the area, the cities of Urbana and Champaign have activated their sidewalk snow removal requirements for certain areas with high pedestrian traffic.

Effective 10 AM on Tuesday, property owners in Champaign’s Downtown and Campustown districts have 48 hours — or until 10 AM Thursday — to clear sidewalks of snow and ice. This includes sidewalk ramps at street corners.

Effective 12 PM on Tuesday, property owners in Urbana’s Downtown, University and South Philo Road districts have 24 hours — or until noon on Wednesday — to clear city sidewalks adjacent to their properties of snow and ice.

In both cities, property owners who fail to clear their walks could have them cleared by the city at the property owner’s expense.

Clearing sidewalks of snow is voluntary in other parts of the two cities. But officials are asking property owners to keep their walks clear, especially if they live along streets marked as Safe Routes to School.