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Public Works

Who Plows Which St. Charles Streets?

Public Works staff closely monitors the weather and is ready to respond around the clock. The City maintains approximately 171 miles of main and secondary roads, alleys, side streets, parking lots and cul-de-sacs within City limits. But not all roads are the City’s responsibility to clear. Generally, our crews plow the downtown area and most City-owned streets. However, some roads are maintained by St. Charles Township, or State or County Departments of Transportation.

Stay Away from Downed Power Lines

We already experienced severe winter weather this season in which ice and snow brought down tree limbs on power lines. Remember, if you see a downed line, stay away. Always assume that the line is energized, even if it doesn’t appear to be. If you see a downed or sagging utility line, report it to Public Works 630-377-4405.

A Sensible Approach to Salting our Roads

In past winters, road salt has been in high demand in our area. Taking a sensible approach to salting the roads is important both economically and environmentally. Using salt efficiently reduces costs. Less salt on the roadway also means less runoff into the Fox River and less absorption into the ground.

Anti-Icing Arsenal

Our Public Works Department uses both brine and salt to keep St. Charles roads free of ice and to assist the plows in clearing the snow.

Red Gate Water Tower Wins Award

The 1.5-million gallon Red Gate Water Tower at IL 25 and Red Gate Road that was completed October 2016 has been named “Elevated Tank of the Year” by the Steel Plate Institute/Steel Plate Fabricator Association. With help from their consulting engineer, the City selected all-welded steel construction over other materials for its winter weather durability and enhanced aesthetics. The tank design, with nearly 1.5” thick steel, had to support the 12,495,000 pounds of water when full.

Hydrant Flushing Facts & Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the City perform hydrant flushing?

Hydrant flushing is the quick release of water from fire hydrants. It’s a controlled procedure that is vital to the general maintenance of the City’s water distribution system. It ensures adequate water flow is available to fire fighters, residents and businesses. It also helps maintain the City’s water clarity and quality by clearing iron and mineral deposits from the water mains (distribution pipes).

What are the effects of hydrant flushing?