City prepares for major snowfall – public asked to remove parked cars from streets by 6 PM; Tuesday’s TCF COVID vaccination appointments rescheduled to Saturday
- City expected to receive 6-10 inches of snow by Tuesday morning
- Contractors to plow all residential streets starting early tomorrow
- 3,000 COVID vaccinations scheduled for Tuesday at TCF moved to Saturday due to snow
As the City of Detroit prepares to receive 6-10 inches of snow by Tuesday morning, The Department of Public Works (DPW) is making preparations to plow and salt major thoroughfares, as well as plow all neighborhood residential streets and clear bike lanes. The public is asked to remove all parked cars from city streets by 6 PM this evening to prepare for early morning neighborhood snow plowing.
The City, which maintains 673 miles of major streets and 1,884 miles of residential streets, utilizes a three-level system for snow removal during the winter weather, depending on the amount of snow that falls. When more than six inches of snow falls, it triggers a city policy to plow all residential streets.
Here is what residents can expect tonight and tomorrow:
- DPW crews will plow and salt on major thoroughfares.
- Bike lanes will be cleared after vehicle travel lanes have all been removed of snow; accumulated snow in bike lanes will be pushed to the closest intersection and hauled away.
- The following contractors will be deployed to plow residential streets
- District 1 – Jordan Landscaping
- District 2 – Jordan Landscaping
- District 3 – A-Team Snow & Ice Control
- District 4 – Payne Landscaping
- District 5 – Gibralter Construction
- District 6 – Gibralter Construction
- District 7 – A-Team Snow & Ice Control
Contractors to complete all residential streets within 24 hours
Contractors have 24 hours to complete the snow plowing and will be required to clear at least 16 feet on all residential streets. To maximize the impact of the plowing, residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from the street, where possible.
“We know that parking on residential streets can be difficult after significant snow falls,” said Brundidge. “We don’t plan to tow vehicles, especially since on-street parking is the only option in some areas, so we are asking for resident’s cooperation. Once we activate the contractors, we are asking that residents find a way to park their car off the street if at all possible.”
City workers will be inspecting their work and will send contractors back out as needed, according to Brundidge.
Residents and businesses also 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.
Tuesday’s COVID vaccination appointments moved to Saturday
Due to the major snowfall and expected difficult driving conditions, 3,000 COVID vaccination appointments scheduled for Tuesday at the TCF Center will be moved to Saturday. While the date of the appointment has changed, the scheduled time on the new date will stay the same as the original date. The second dose appointment also will not change and will remain on March 16th.
If any individual scheduled a $2 ride for Tuesday, the ride will now arrive on Saturday at the same time.
“We felt this was right approach to deal with the fact that getting to TCF tomorrow could be very difficult for a lot of people,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Rather than have to reschedule a lot of people who might miss their appointment weeks down the road, it just made sense to shift everyone at once to a day weather should not be an issue.”
All individuals with appointments will be contacted by scheduling staff to confirm details for their new Saturday appointment. Mayor Duggan pointed out that if anyone has a conflict with the new date, they can call the scheduling staff at 313-230-0505 to find a new date that works for them.