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Snow Response & Removal
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Municipal Service Center - 4811 N.
Saginaw Rd. Midland, MI 48640 Phone: 989-837-6900 Email:
Snow Response and Removal
Snow response and removal is a high priority for the City of Midland. Watch
the YouTube video at left for more on the City's process.
The methods used and response time for snow removal throughout the approximately 36 square miles of Midland depend upon the amount of
snow that falls.
The categories below describe the general procedures for snow response and removal in the
Snow watch – Public Services is staffed 24 hours a day
beginning the Sunday following Thanksgiving through April 1 to monitor
and respond to weather conditions.
Immediate response – when the conditions
of light snow or ice appear on road surfaces, snow watch operators on
duty begin to salt priority routes. The priority routes include bridges, overpasses,
the Business Route 10 expressway, major streets and the hospital zone.
Salting response – if more crews are needed
to salt streets, additional salt trucks are available and will be dispatched as conditions warrant.
Snow removal response – when a significant
snowfall occurs, and/or accompanying weather conditions warrant,
street plowing begins. Street plowing
routes are followed by salting to minimize icing.
Snow removal follows this sequence:
a team of four or more trucks plow state trunklines (Eastman Avenue, Saginaw Road,
M-20 and Patrick and Lyon Roads), Business Route 10 expressway and major
trucks are assigned to plow major streets and school routes. A salt
truck follows each route to minimize icing as well as salt the street
near stop signs at major intersections.
Third: once priority routes have been cleared, road crews begin plowing residential areas, starting with the next day’s
garbage collection route and continuing through the days of the week (for example,
if snow fell on a Monday, plowing would begin for Tuesday collection, then
proceed to Wednesday, then Thursday, etc.).
Note: courts and cul-de-sacs will be plowed as any other residential street; however, smaller plows will follow the route to clean up any additional snow that is left in the end of the cul-de-sacs.
Follow-up: Snow removal crews will work on a 24-hour schedule until city streets are clear. Once streets and designated parking lots have been plowed and salted, road crews will begin to haul snow from the downtown area and plowed parking lots.
Safety Tips for Snowy Conditions
result of the large amount of snow that can fall in the city,
the Department of Public Services suggests a few things that
Midland citizens can do to help make streets and sidewalks
safer for themselves and City workers who provide curbside
Shovel the sidewalks around your home or business to create a safe path for neighbors, students, businesspeople, postal carriers and delivery persons;
Refrain from throwing, placing or depositing snow, slush
or ice onto any sidewalk or roadway or across any
roadway, specifically by pushing snow across a roadway.
Avoid parking in the street after snowfalls and especially
between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. This will help City
snowplows more effectively clear the roadways. In addition,
the City’s Code of Ordinances stipulates that vehicles
parked in the street between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. may be
ticketed and towed;
Clear an area around fire hydrants to ensure that the hydrant is visible and readily accessible in the event of an emergency;
It is recommended that homeowners and business owners avoid placing garbage bags, bins and cans on top of snow banks. Weekly refuse and recycling items should be placed in the appropriate container and set at the end of driveway approaches or in a cleared area along the curb line
Remove snow that accumulates on catch basins in the street close to your home or business so that snowmelt can easily drain away. Catch basins that are covered with snow and ice prevent drainage and can cause snowmelt to back up into the street and freeze.
Featured Video: Snow and Ice Safety Tips
Click Here for Snow and Ice Safety Tips
Watch two helpful PSAs on:
(Media Player 9 and a broadband connection to the Internet required
to view videos.)
ways to keep safe around
others vehicles and when removing snow and ice during cold winter months. (From the "Jump To" dropdown menu, choose "Zone In On Safety - Residential Snow & Ice Removal".)
ways to keep safe around City workers, vehicles, and equipment used for snow removal.
(From the "Jump To" dropdown menu, choose "Zone In On Safety - Safe Driving Around Snow Plow Crews".)