This is a copy of http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/fieldoperations/Pages/SnowRemoval.aspx as of December 2007, with markup and annotations noted.
The City of Ann Arbor performs a variety of street maintenance depending upon the amount of snow that falls. Generally, the categories are described as “light snow,” “snow emergency.” In addition, the city is dependent upon its citizens for sidewalk snow removal.
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Light Snow: Street Cleaning
When there is light snow or ice on road surfaces, the city’s Public Services Department clears over 94 miles of high volume streets, bridges, intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, and streets with curves. De-icing materials are applied to provide better traction for vehicles to help prevent accidents at high-risk locations. The street clearing process takes about five hours and may be repeated as needed. After the major and high risk streets are cleared, city crews de-ice the local streets in the city, which requires ten to twelve hours.
When a snowfall of four inches or more occurs, street snow plowing begins and the City Administrator may declare that a “snow emergency” is in effect. Plowing is done on all public streets and City-owned property; however, all schools and privately owned areas provide for their own de-icing and plowing. Citizens are advised to remove cars from curbside parking to allow for effective street plowing.
When a “snow emergency ” is in effect, illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and towed.
The City snow desk is staffed when a snow emergency is in effect. The snow desk tracks the location of plows throughout the City and provides information to the public about the plowing progress. You may reach the snow desk at 994-2359.
On days having odd-numbered dates, vehicles are prohibited from parking on the side of the street having even-numbered street addresses – in order to allow plows to clear the even-numbered side of the street. Parking is permitted on the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses in legal spaces.
On days having even-numbered dates, vehicles are prohibited from parking on the street having odd-numbered street addresses – in order to allow plows to clear the odd-numbered side of the street. Parking is permitted on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses in legal spaces
Sidewalk Snow Removal Information
During the winter, the City provides residents with up to one, five-gallon bucket’s worth of a sand and salt mixture, per visit to the maintenance yard, 721 N. Main, (734) 994-1617. Residents should bring their own shovel and bucket and self-load this material from the marked pile located next to the entrance gate. This material is intended for City residents only, and not for contractors, even if servicing sidewalks. The pure salt stored in the barn is restricted for City operations.
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