Road commission outlines snowplowing policy.

November 7, 2018

Road commission outlines snowplowing policy.

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HART – Local motorists will soon battle snowy and icy roads as winter weather quickly approaches.

The following is the Oceana County Road Commission’s snowplowing policy for the 2018-2019 winter season:

State trunkline: (M 20, M 120, US 31 expressway, Hart and Pentwater business routes/Oceana Drive)
❄ Trunkline maintenance shall be performed as specified in the Michigan Department Of Transportation manual. Overtime shall be held to a minimum. Patrolmen shall perform their duties as outlined in the letter from the department. Any variance from the trunkline patrol shall be charged to the respective county system.

Primary system:
❄ The primary system shall receive maintenance priority over the local system in snow and ice removal.
❄ No snow removal shall take place on weekends when the fall is less than 3 inches, and rising temperature indicates a thaw of the snow.
❄ Drifting snow shall be removed when hazardous conditions are created. Ice control shall be performed as rapidly as possible on hills, curves and intersections.
❄ No night plowing will be performed except in cases of emergency.
❄ There will be no liquid chloride spread on gravel roads.

Local system:
❄ No snow removal shall be performed when less than 4 inches is on the surface.
❄ No night plowing will be performed except in cases of emergency.
❄ Weekend maintenance shall be performed only in cases of blocked roads caused by a heavy fall or drifting snow.
❄ There will be no liquid chloride on gravel roads.
❄ No private road plowing or driveways.
❄ Ice control shall be performed as rapidly as possible on hills, curves and intersections.
❄ Overtime shall be held to a minimum.

Dead-end roads:
❄ Dead-end roads will be plowed in regular sequence if there is a cul-de-sac available.
❄ Private property may be used for turnarounds if it is possible to do so without endangering property.
❄ If no acceptable turnaround is available, dead end roads will not be plowed.

Emergency – county-wide:
❄ Only emergencies shall be called into the 911 system.

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