Before a predicted snowfall, Public Works applies an anti-ice mixture, or brine, to primary roadways to prevent icing. The brine application provides additional time before the snow and ice begin to build up on the pavement. Brine is not applied to the streets if rain is predicted before the snow, as it would be washed off the pavement before becoming effective.
Public Works typically begins plowing operations after two inches of snow have fallen, or sooner when road conditions need attention. Roadways and cul-de-sacs will be plowed with one pass in each direction to ensure they are passable. Final roadway cleanup will start with primary and secondary routes, followed by cul-de-sacs. Public Works crews aim to have all streets and cul-de-sacs cleared within a day after snow stops falling.
State and county agencies handle most of the main roads running through Roselle, (Lake Street, Gary Avenue, Irving Park Road, Roselle Road, Nerge Road), and the Village is responsible for most of the side streets and residential areas.