Main Roads Priority for Plowing Crews

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Plowing crews are bracing themselves for what should be the biggest snow storm mid-Michigan has seen all winter.

"We'll be out in full force Tuesday afternoon maintaining the roads, making for a safe commute home," said Bill Conklin, managing director of the Ingham County Road Commission.

Hopefully your commute doesn't include too many residential streets because Conklin says it's the main roads that'll get plowed first.

"Waverly, Jolly, Marsh, Okemos, Haslett, Lake Lansing, Meridian roads, out in the country Dexter Trail, Onondaga Road, Aurelius Road," Conklin said, listing some examples.

And it could be a while before they get to those secondary roads especially if wind carries snow -- and therefore crews -- back onto the main roads.

"With a big storm like this followed by wind it may be Thursday or Friday before we can get all the streets cleaned up," Conklin said.

The city of Lansing will prioritize the same way, first tackling roads like "Pennsylvania Avenue, Miller, Cedar, Larch, streets that carry most of the traffic wthin Lansing, for example the streets that have Catabus routes on them," said Director of Public Services Chad Gamble.

Jackson County Road Commission Managing Director Ken Straub echoed those statements, saying Jackson's four-lane roads like Parnall Road and Lansing Avenue will take precedence over residential streets. He said those streets will be cleaned up if and when there is time.

Gamble spent monday in meetings, breaking down how to attack Lansing's 400 plus miles of snow-covered roads.

"Even though we have a projected budget, we will exceed that if the public health and welfare calls for it," he said.

The city is under budget but given what's to come that won't last long. And the county says if these winter storms persist, the summer maintenance budget will suffer.

"This'll be probably an expensive storm to clean up, especially if we get into some overtime or heavier salt usage," said Conklin.

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