Detroit DPW prepared for the winter season, announces snow removal policy for 2017-18

DETROIT - With colder temperatures having arrived and snow preparation underway, the City of Detroit Department of Public Works (DPW) would like to remind residents of its snow removal policies. The City, which maintains 673 miles of major streets and 1884 miles of residential streets, utilizes a three-level system for snow removal during the winter weather.

Level 1
3 inches or less of snow and/or freezing rain
DPW crews will salt only on major thoroughfares.

Level 2
3 to 6 inches of snow and/or freezing rain
DPW crews will plow and/or salt on major thoroughfares only.

Level 3
6 inches or more of snow and/or freezing rain
DPW crews will plow and salt on major thoroughfares.
The City will have 50-plus trucks on the streets until all the major thoroughfares under its jurisdiction are safely passable.

For a Level 3 storm, the City may utilize contractors to plow residential streets depending on the characteristics of the snow accumulation, prevailing temperatures, and forecasts. If required, residential snowplow contractors will plow a 10-foot pass down the center of the street only and will not clear driveways.

Parking Restrictions, Snow Emergencies & Requirements of Citizens
Roadways that have been identified as snow emergency routes will have signs posted up to 48 hrs in advance to prohibit parking for the purpose of plowing. Residents will also receive notices for street clearing via the media, as well as the City of Detroit website and cable channels.

In extreme weather, the City may declare a snow emergency, which will allow police to ticket and tow illegally parked vehicles on snow emergency routes, therefore providing access for the streets to be plowed from curb to curb. During this time, any streets that have been marked by red and white signs are first priority for snow removal.

Residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks in a manner that makes it safe for pedestrians. Snow removal companies and property owners are prohibited from putting snow from their property onto public roadways.





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