Detroit's snow plow plan

Detroit has shared its plan of attack for clearing the snow. 

Detroit public works crews worked overnight clearing the main roads. Monday morning the attention will be turned toward the side streets in the city. 

The city categorizes this storm as a Level-3, meaning we received 6 inches or more of snow. For a Level-3 storm, the city estimates plowing all 684 miles of major streets in Detroit will take 3-5 days. 

Private, residential contractors will soon begin clearing 10-foot wide paths on all city streets. Driveways will not be cleared. Detroit has 1,884 miles of residential streets. 

The city reminds residents not to park on the street and to shovel your sidewalks. 

Wherever you live, you're asked to clear a 3- to 4-foot area around the fire hydrant on your block, and to also clear a path to the street.

Since the historic so-called 'Polar Vortex' winter Detroit experienced last year, the city says it has made several improvements to its snow removal operations. To more quickly and efficiently clear snow and ice, the DPW has increased the number of trucks salting and plowing on major surface streets from 35 last year to 50 this winter. 

For more information, go online to the city's website at www.detroitmi.gov/dpw.    

Despite the weather, City of Detroit offices are open Monday. 

Trash collection has been suspended, though, and is expected to resume Tuesday. The city will operate on a holiday trash collection schedule this week, meaning it will pick up residents' containers one day after their normal collection date.  

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