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Local Residents Unhappy with Road Conditions After First Big Snowfall

City of Plymouth Municipal Services Director says crews did a great job clearing roadways after Saturday's storm.

Photo Credit: Kristin Dombrowski
Photo Credit: Kristin Dombrowski
After the first big snowfall of the season, Plymouth and Canton residents took to Facebook to express their unhappiness with road conditions and snow removal services. 

"They plowed? I thought they just let people drive on it until there was a path," Adina St. John wrote. Her opinion seemed to be the consensus.

Laurel Hess commented, "How plowing was handled? As far as I can tell, it wasn't handled at all. Freeways and most main side roads still haven't seen a plow or salt truck. It's fine with me as long as they send me my tax refund check. If they no plow, I no wanna' pay."

Kathy McCann agreed, writing, "Plymouth-Canton roads were bad. Wayne county needs to do a better job with the plows and salt."

Positive feedback was few and far between, but several people, like Jessika Whiteside, had good things to say. 

"I think for as much as we got, we're doing pretty good," she wrote. "I was out at 9 a.m. this (Sunday) morning and things were improved from last night but rough - on our return trip home they were much better. I think we all have to remember that is a big job to do."

Chris Porman, City of Plymouth Municipal Services Director said with constant snowfall, like what the city experienced Saturday, it's a struggle to clear the roads. 

"I think we did a great job," Porman said. "We had crews in from approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday until about 10 p.m. Saturday night. Then we reconvened with pretty much our entire crew Sunday morning at 4 a.m. And we had all residential streets plowed by 10 a.m."

Plymouth saw more than four inches of total snow accumulation.

Porman said crews were back out Monday spot salting and clearing curb lines that were missed due to parked cars.

Wayne County handles snow removal for Canton roads. The township pays approximately $50,000 per year to receive winter road maintenance on 17 miles of Canton roads, according to the township website

The roads are cleared on a priority basis with I-275 given first priority, followed by Michigan roads under state contract, County primary roads, County secondary roads and then subdivisions. 

Are you happy with how snow removal was handled in your area? Tell us in the comments. 
TJP1071 December 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM
275 Had first priority???? NO WAY! I was on 275 around 10:30 on Sat. as well as again at around 5:30 and it looked like the only paths were the ones that the cars made...and I saw not one truck out at all. Sad to say but it was not done well.
Sheryl Edwards December 16, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I traveled from the west side of the state to this side; almost no roads were done anywhere. I am so glad the state has cut taxes to corporations to lure them here and now we don't have to worry about road clearing or good schools (facetious).
Boiling December 17, 2013 at 02:14 PM
I am no fan of our current government here in Michigan; but I traveled I275 Saturday at 2pm and again at 5pm and everyone was moving at 40mph with 2 and 3 lanes open from 8 Mile to Michigan Ave. I traveled I96 from Novi to Howell Saturday evening at 6pm and returned again at 9:30pm, again everyone moved along with the only noticeable ice around Beck Rd. Then on Sunday I traveled to Grand Rapids on I96. Salt trucks and plows out everywhere. Traffic moved along at 50 to 60mph. I saw salt trucks out on Novi Road, Haggerty Rd., and 8 mile Rd both Saturday and Sunday. If everyone traveled at a slower speed I believe that we would all be safer in bad weather. Just my personal experiences.

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