'Ward-blitz' tree-trimming cuts into backlog

February 6, 2012 3:43:50 PM PST
Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation says it has cut into a backlog of requests for tree-trimming service.

City officials says since November Streets and Sanitation has been using a ward-based grid-system to service more open requests per day.

The department says its so-called "ward-blitz" strategy has lead to a 30 percent increase in efficiency.

"We'll have three trees cut in the next hour or so that were in the grid instead of coming back in a week and getting another one," said Streets & Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne. "Another two blocks away from here we got another three or four that need to come down."

Byrne says working in a single ward at a time also saves money on fuel.

The city says as of today the strategy is also being used by graffiti removal crews.