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Woodridge to conserve salt supply after another barrage of winter weather

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:24 p.m. CDT
A snowplow clears Ogden Avenue of blowing snow as temperatures plummeted into the negative teens on Monday, Jan. 6. Mark Busch -

WOODRIDGE – With another round of frigid winter temperatures and snowfalls, the Village of Woodridge is attempting to conserve its limited supply of salt.

The village will focus on salting the main roads, curves, hills, intersections and overpasses. Along with reducing the amount of salt spread on streets, Woodridge will also mix sand with the salt to help spread the material and provide traction for tires.

Residents are reminded to use extra caution on roadways and be aware of the conditions throughout the winter season. For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at 630-719-4753 or visit

Subzero temperatures and dangerous wind chills hit the Woodridge area Sunday night into Tuesday, forcing local schools and government buildings to close.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures hit a low of minus 11 early Tuesday morning, with wind chills as low as minus 30.

Locally, Woodridge School District 68 was closed Monday and Tuesday.

The cold also forced major delays along Metra lines.

The cold snap wasn't quite as frigid as the polar vortex that descended on the western suburbs Jan. 6-7. That freeze brought temperatures as low as minus 15 and wind chills as low as minus 45.

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