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Road Salt Status Report: Winter 2008

Winter 2008 has been marked by heavy snowfall, taxing suburban salt supplies. Villages have enacted various methods to stretch the dwindling supply including salting only main roads and intersections, salting only after snowfall has ended, and (most commonly) mixing salt with sand.

To answer frequent questions regarding who’s out of salt and who’s not, here is a guide based on media reports. A question mark in the “Salt Status” column indicates that I haven’t received or located any information as to that municipality’s road salt levels.

The City of Chicago and Illinois Department of Transportation both say that they have plenty of road salt, but they ain’t sharing it with the suburbs. Things are tough all over.

Municipality Salt status Notes Source Date last updated
LAKE COUNTY OK DOT has “No plans to mix sand with salt” Link Feb. 7, 2008
Antioch Low New order recently received? Link 1, Link 2 Feb. 9, 2008
Barrington OK Salt levels OK for now, but village is stretching salt with sand. Link Feb. 7, 2008
Beach Park Low Link
Buffalo Grove ?
Deerfield ?
Fox Lake ?
Grayslake Low “Most areas will not be salted and will most likely remain covered with snow and ice” Link Feb. 6, 2008
Gurnee Low Side streets not being plowed. More salt is on order. Link 1, Link 2 Feb. 7, 2008
Island Lake OK “We’re going to get the job done and the taxpayers of Island Lake will see clean roads” Link Feb. 6, 2008
Kildeer Low Link Feb. 26, 2008
Lake Forest ?
Lake Bluff ?
Lake Villa ?
Lake Zurich ?
Lakemoor ?
Libertyville Low Link Feb. 7, 2008
Lindenhurst ?
Mundelein Low Link Feb. 7, 2008
North Chicago ?
Round Lake Low Feb. 8, 2008
Round Lake Beach ? Feb. 8, 2008
Round Lake Heights ?
Round Lake Park ?
Vernon Hills Low Link Feb. 9, 2008
Wauconda OK Link Feb. 6, 2008
Waukegan ?
Winthrop Harbor ?
Zion ?
Northeastern Illinois municipalities outside of Lake County
Hoffman Estates Low Main streets, intersections, hills, curves and school zones receive salting priority. Link Feb. 7, 2008
Palatine Low Link Feb. 7, 2008
Schaumburg Low

You may send any road salt information or updates to Lake County Motorist via this contact form.


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  1. […] February 11, 2008 I put together a list of suburbs and their reported road salt status. Click here to view it. […]

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