Oak Park Declares Snow Emergency February 9>
February 8, 2018, 6 p.m., Oak Park, Michigan – Due to anticipation of significant snowfall in the next 36 hours, City Manager Erik Tungate is officially declaring a snow emergency in the City of Oak Park to begin at noon on Friday, February 9, until noon on Saturday, February 10, or unless otherwise instructed due to weather conditions. A snow emergency is typically called when four or more inches of snow falls or other hazardous conditions necessitate.
During this time, per City Ordinance, all vehicles must be removed from curbside and parked off of the street to allow snow plows and emergency vehicles safe and efficient access. Failure to move your vehicle could result in a fine or for your vehicle to be towed. For a map of available snow emergency parking locations within Oak Park, visit http://bit.ly/OPSnowEmergencyMap.
During snow emergencies the Department of Public Works, or DPW, prioritizes the roadways. In general, the City crews treat and plow roadways in the following order:
- Primary Roadways - Primary routes are the first priority for plowing and de-icing. Primary routes include major streets, snow emergency routes, around schools and medical facilities. These roadways include the I-696 service drives, Greenfield, Coolidge, 11 Mile Road, and Nine Mile Road.
- Secondary Roadways - Secondary routes are main and heavily traveled thoroughfares. These include streets like Oak Park Boulevard, Scotia, Rosewood, Church, Capital, Lincoln, and Northfield.
- Residential Intersections - Tertiary priority is made to residential intersections so that vehicles can properly stop and proceed safely at intersection roadways. Residential roadways are plowed when appropriate, typically when four or more inches of snow is present or other circumstances necessitate.
During snow emergencies, Department of Public Works is in communication with the Department of Public Safety to address and respond to emergent and unsafe roadway conditions.
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