Answers: Snow emergency routes, GIS website and railroad tracks

Posted: Mar. 2, 2013 2:38 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 2:34 pm
A street sign marks a snow emergency route in Quincy. (H-W Photo)

What streets in Quincy are snow emergency routes? I say there are signs posted. Others say if a city bus goes down your street, then it is a snow emergency route.

City engineer Jeff Steinkamp says that under normal driving conditions, not all city bus routes are located on city snow emergency routes. However, during bad weather, it may be decided that city buses will run only on city snow emergency routes.

It is unlawful for a motor vehicle or any other vehicle to be parked on streets designated as snow emergency routes for a period of 24 hours or until the emergency is declared ended by the mayor or the director of public works when there is an accumulation of 3 or more inches of snow.

More than 60 sections of Quincy's streets have been declared snow emergency routes. Click here to view a complete list of snow emergency routes.


Who is responsible for the Adams County GIS website with regards to maintenance and accuracy of the information of the data provided?

Depends on what information you're looking for.

The Adams County GIS site is an interactive online map viewer that allows users to see maps of Adams County that show property lines, addresses, aerial photography, streets and historical information. The site is maintained by the Adams County Highway Department, and county engineer Jim Frankenhoff oversees the site.

GIS/floodplain specialist Joye Baker says different people and different businesses are responsible for different parts of the site.

"Poepping Stone Bach (a local engineering firm) does part of the work, Klingner's (another local engineering firm) has done some stuff, and the city has done some," she said. "The census stuff comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Some of the stuff has been given to other people to handle. It just depends on what layer you're looking at.

"Property records are updated about every six months. If a new road is built or a new address is needed, we try to update it quarterly. We try to keep it up to date. If you find an error, just give us a call, and we'll tell whoever needs to fix it to fix it."


Who is responsible for fixing the pavement around the railroad tracks on 24th Street near Wismann Lane? If you go 30 mph through there, you will need your wheels aligned. Is it the responsibility of the city or of Burlington Northern?

City engineer Jeff Steinkamp and Adams County engineer Jim Frankenhoff said questions about that crossing should be directed to either Burlington Northern or to the Illinois Department of Transportation, because 24th Street is a state route (Ill. 96).

Frankenhoff said the county dealt with a similar situation recently at 30th and Wismann Lane, and a complaint was filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

"Then Burlington Northern came out and made the adjustments," he said. "For the most part, those crossings are the responsibility of Burlington Northern, but with that being on a state route, I don't know what the relationship is. Each crossing has different little agreements with it."


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