Detroit's plow plan has crews on standby for neighborhoods

- We're going through our third significant snow storm of the season (and the week) and this one is the biggest yet. Snow is really starting to pile up as crews prep to clear the streets, but if you live in Detroit, you may not see plows on your residential street.

In Detroit, salt trucks are making the rounds and extra crews are on standby as the latest round of snow falls during the worst possible time: rush hour.

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Along I-75 near 8 Mile, traffic has been crawling almost all day. Earlier in the day, it took a FOX 2 crew 30 minutes to travel just 7 miles. The city says it's ready.

With a fleet of 50 trucks at their disposal the city service department plans to use them all for the duration of the storm. 

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"A little after 11 am we started salting our major roads," Public Works Director Ron Brundidge said. "We have a second shift that is scheduled to come out at midnight. So we don't have to overwhelm or overwork our drivers."

They said this is a level three storm which means reinforcements could be called in, if needed. 

The city plows will handle the 680 miles of major roads in Detroit while contracted crews are on standby to tackle the remaining 1800 miles of residential streets, but that's only if more than 6 inches of snow fall

"If we receive 6 plus inches of snow, we also plow residential streets. We've notified contractors that in the event that we do get the accumulation that is being forecast, we expect them to come in and start plowing," Brundidge said.

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The city is protecting the roads that have new bike paths on them too: the city outfitted skid-loaders with a special plow and a rubber squeegee blade so they won't damage the decals.

Many cities have declared a snow emergency but not Detroit. If Detroit does, it would require everyone to move their cars from city streets but the city says it's not necessary, yet.

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