What is Northville's Snow Removal Policy?

The City of Northville cleans streets in order of priority.

The City of Northville plows and salts major streets to bare pavement within 24 hours of a snow or ice event. Credit: Patch file photo
The City of Northville plows and salts major streets to bare pavement within 24 hours of a snow or ice event. Credit: Patch file photo
Northville is getting bombarded with snow this week.

Are you aware of the city's snow removal policy? If you are or aren't, it's time for a refresher.

The city maintains 6.5 miles of major streets, almost 18 miles of local streets and several alleys. Eight Mile Road, Seven Mile Road, Novi Road, South Main Street and North Griswold Street are not included because they are county primary roads and are maintained by the Wayne or Oakland County Road Commissions.

The city cleans the streets in this order:
  1. Major streets like Main Street, Center Street, Randolph Street and Taft Road.
  2. Local streets with steep grades and sharp curves.
  3. Parking lots and the remainder of the local residential streets and courts.
  4. Alleys and cemetery roads.
The city follows a "Bare Pavement" policy for the priority streets listed in points one and two above. These streets are plowed and salted to bare pavement within 24 hours of a snow or ice event, even if it requires workers to put in overtime. The city's plan of action varies depending on the type of storm. Snowstorms that bring 4 to 8 inches of snow require concentration on the numbered one and two priority streets to keep them open, plus effort applied to numbered three and four priority streets. Read more.

Lastly, residents and business owners should remember to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow or ice event. The city also says not to push snow or ice across or into the streets. This is considered an illegal activity, which may result in a fine to the property owner or snow removal contractor.

Erin Suddarth December 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Northville has the worst snow removal I have ever seen. Streets are not plowed to the curb, residential streets are sometimes not plowed at all, and when they are snow is left piled in intersections. In Wisconsin this would put the Mayor and Village Council at serious risk of losing office. I am very disappointed.
OnThePerch December 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Erin- That is because they only have one truck. Hard to do much more when you can only have one person working at a time. The requirement for business owners to clear the sidewalks downtown is ridiculous though. For as much as they pay in extra taxes it should be included, plus if someone slipped the city would be on the hook for the injury too not just the biz owner.
Erin Suddarth December 29, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I lived in a small town in Wisconsin (pop. 1300) and we had one truck too . They still do a much better job in WI. Where is all the money bring spent? I tried to drive my kid to school and couldn't get up a hilly street because it had not been cleared properly. I appreciate the fact that one guy in one truck can only do so much. But this town has the money for another truck, more employees, and overtime.
Mike January 06, 2014 at 12:36 PM
All I wish, is for the city plow not to bury the end of my driveway. It did that to me twice last night.


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