Snow & Ice Removal

F&S is responsible for removing snow for 23 miles of roadway, 147 parking lots with more than 16,000 spaces, 90 miles of sidewalk, 10 miles of bicycle paths and lanes, and more than 200 buildings on 1,400 acres.

In all, it is a team effort of more than 300 employees at F&S in the Grounds, Transportation, Building Services, and Construction Services departments working long hours to keep the campus open and accessible for students, faculty, and staff.

Snow removal is considered priority work; pavements, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility ramps, building entrances, ADA building entrances and routes of access to these entrances, and lugger platforms must be cleared any time of the day or night.  Primary campus streets and drives are the number one priority for our large snowplows; sidewalks and building entrances are priorities for our Grounds and Building Services departments.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as our crews make every effort to keep our streets, sidewalks, building entrances, and key parking lots clear during and after winter storms. 

NOTE: The university does not perform snow and ice removal activities on Green Street, except sidewalks adjacent to campus buildings between Wright Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Snow and ice removal for sidewalks, streets, and parking lots in non-university jurisdictional locations such as Green Street and off-campus housing complexes and units are regulated by City of Champaign and City of Urbana snow removal procedures and ordinances. 

Snow Parking Priority Lots

The parking facilities identified below are designated priority lots and will be cleared first. They are designed to take in as many parking customers as possible until smaller lots can be cleared.  If your assigned lot has not been plowed when reporting to work, please proceed to the priority lots.

In a snow event, the following priority parking lots will be cleared first:

  • Shuttle Lot E14 (South Campus) West of State Farm Center, south end only. 
  • Lot B4, Levels Four and Five – (North Campus) – Parking deck at the corner of University Avenue and Mathews Avenue.
  • Lot F27 – (South Campus) – Adjacent to Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.
  • Parking Decks – Entrances to the decks will be cleared after the priority lots have been plowed; ramps will be sanded, but the top levels will be barricaded and unavailable. Parking customers may also use the decks when no space is available within the priority lots.

Note: Vehicles parked in priority lots (E14, B4, and F27) with a valid virtual permit for other rental facilities will not be cited for violations during a snow event; however, enforcement will continue for violations such as parking in accessible spaces, yellow zones, or blocking driveways.

Brine Applications

Please remember to provide F&S crews room to operate as they perform pretreatment activities such as targeted brine spraying.

Your patience is appreciated before, during, and following winter weather events as for preparation, removal, and clean-up activities.

Snow Removal Information


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The grounds department maintains the campus throughout the year, providing care for landscape and hardscape in the summer and snow and ice removal during the winter.

The Illini Union on a fall afternoon.

Building Service Workers

Building service workers (BSWs) work around the clock in four major shifts to keep campus buildings clean.

BSW putting in trash can liner.

Transportation & Automotive Services

Transportation & Automotive Services (TAS) includes the Car Pool, Garage, and Transportation. TAS provides fleet management services for the entire campus, including vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair, vehicle rental, oversight for campus vehicle purchases and operations, and transportation services ranging from material delivery to snow removal.

F&S van on campus