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$1.1M-$3.5M Pilot Program: Chicago Launches ‘Plow the Sidewalks’ Winter Mobility Initiative, Enhancing Accessibility & Safety

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Chicago is testing out a program called “Plow the Sidewalks” to clear snow in certain neighborhoods making it easier and safer for people to get around in winter.

Chicago Launches ‘Plow the Sidewalks’ Winter Mobility Initiative to Enhance Accessibility and Safety

Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration is moving forward with the “Plow the Sidewalks” campaign to improve winter mobility for Chicago residents. They’ve announced a pilot program for next year allocating funds for snow-clearing services in specific areas, according to the report of Chicago Tribune.

The pilot will cost between $1.1 million and $3.5 million and will be managed by the Department of Transportation with outside contractors handling snow removal. The service will activate when there’s at least 2 inches of snow and can be used up to seven times per area annually.

Mayor Johnson emphasizes the city’s commitment to inclusivity and safety, especially for seniors and those with disabilities. The program aims to make Chicago’s sidewalks safer and more accessible during winter.

The pilot will cover four areas including neighborhoods like Austin, Belmont Cragin, Gage Park, Brighton Park, Englewood, Uptown, and Lincoln Square. It targets diverse regions to address varying accessibility needs.

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(photo: Streetsblog Chicago)

Advocates Push for Free Snow-Clearing Services

Chicago’s Plow the Sidewalks initiative seeks free snow-clearing services. Led by Aldermen Villegas and La Spata, City Council plans to select vendors and allocate funds in the 2025 budget. A fall vote will decide its fate, promising safer sidewalks and better quality of life for residents.

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