Saginaw issues update on snow removal - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw issues update on snow removal

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A plow tackling snowy streets. A plow tackling snowy streets.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Three days after being slammed with the first major snowfall of 2014 and then plunging into Arctic frigidness, the city of Saginaw has issued the following report on area street snow removal.

According to Phil Karwat, director of Public Services, as of Wednesday morning 100% of state highways and emergency routes, 100% of major streets, and 80% of local streets have been cleared, with the remaining streets to be completed by the end of Wednesday.

The city of Saginaw's policy is to clear all state highways, emergency routes, and bridges first. The second priority is snow removal from Major Streets, and then local Streets.

Depending on weather conditions, city crews normally are able to clear all local streets within 72 hours of when the snow stopped.

According to Karwat, there are many factors that determine how quickly local roads can be plowed. If drifting and blowing snow create hazardous driving conditions on State highways, emergency routes, bridges, and major streets, crews will be redirected to start clearing these areas again instead of plowing local streets. If conditions worsen and become icy at intersections on Major Streets, crews will be pulled from plowing local streets to apply de-icing agents to these intersections. Equipment failure and breakdown becomes a problem during major snow events too.

"The city's fleet of snow plow trucks is susceptible to cold weather related break downs, and staff have been working diligently to repair and keep the aging fleet on the road," said Karwat in a news release.

Residents are asked to park cars off local streets and roads during a snow event to allow snow plow trucks to clear the snow more efficiently. Snow plow trucks are slowed when vehicles are parked or stuck in snow in the roadways, which then means it takes longer to clear the local streets. Also, residents are reminded that it is violation of City Ordinance to plow, shovel or blow snow in the roadway. It is also hazardous to drivers and a safety concern.

City Manager Tim Morales asks for the cooperation of homeowners and landlords in removing snow from their sidewalks. "During snow events, I often see people walking in the city streets because the sidewalks are not clear. This is especially dangerous when the streets are slick as they are now. Please help your neighbors who may need assistance clearing their sidewalk and driveway," said Morales.

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