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Priority Snow Removal Routes

December 7, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- While the weather hasn't been typical for this time of year, Western Illinois University's landscape maintenance crew is ready when the snow does fly.

Western's Physical Plant has set priority snow removal routes to keep WIU walks, lots and pathways clear for pedestrians. To reduce the effect of chemicals on the environment while also improving accessibility, an alternative de-icer that has a sugar-beet base will again be used during the 2012-13 winter season.

In addition to the alternative de-icer, the landscape maintenance department uses Bobcat Toolcats®, along with the department's John Deere tractors and Gators®, which allow landscape staff to clear sidewalks and walkways quickly, Tara Beal, landscape supervisor, said.

As in previous years, priority snow removal routes to improve accessibility on main campus pathways during inclement weather have been established. While Physical Plant staff will remove ice and snow from all campus walkways, designated areas will be cleared first. Priority routes are listed and a map is available at

Additional Physical Plant staff will be called in as necessary to keep all campus routes, parking lots and streets clear and open to pedestrians and vehicles.

For more information on the priority snow removal route, contact Beal at (309) 298-1834, ext. 255 or For more information on campus accessibility, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 298-1977 or the Disability Resource Center at 298-2512.

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