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Will Royal Oak be Salting the Intersections in the Neighborhoods this Winter?

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Patch reader Alex writes: "I know the city is in a financial crisis but can you please find out if the city will be salting the intersections in the neighborhoods this winter? In previous years, most of the neighborhoods were sheets of ice while the main roads are pavement because they were salted. Any information would be appreciated as my inquiries go unanswered."

To answer Alex's question, Patch asked Greg Rassel, the director of Royal Oak's Department of Public Service. Here's his reply:

"We will be salting intersections as needed. We are currently transition from leaf season to snow so the full complement of trucks is not available. It is important to slow down this time of year."
Sam Iam December 11, 2013 at 04:31 PM
So the answer is, "No". I live in the north part of Royal Oak and this never is taken care of. It is a dangerous situation moving out into fast moving traffic. If this is done it woudl also help clear streets. Amazing surrounding communities can have clear street; Clawson, Madison Heights, and it is VERY noticeable when you enter a Royal Oak neighborhood. Where did all that Arts, Beats and Eats money go?
Sherry Lane December 11, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Exactly.. Sam Iam.. I got a lot of nothing in that response...again
Cpt Dano December 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM
They should be salting residential intersections anywhere there is a stop or yield sign. As careful as I approach Main street off of my street it's always a sheet of ice and dangerous. How about providing the service we pay for.
Cindy La Ferle December 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Good question. In my neighborhood, people tend to ignore the stop signs, anyway, so the icy intersections will keep things twice as interesting ...
Kara Rucinski December 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Monday afternoon after the very light dusting of snow we got, I drove on Webster between Greenfield and Coolidge. On the Berkley side of Webster, the roads had no snow on them. On the Royal Oak side, side streets were still snow covered and icy. How can Berkley get their streets safe and Royal Oak can't? I know Berkley has to pick up the leaves just like Royal Oak. My neighborhood just south of 12 Mile was horrible. People, who were going very slow and being cautious, were sliding through stop signs into the intersection. I don't think going 10 miles an hour in a neighborhood and sliding on icy, unmaintained roads is going too fast. Something tells me that this winter will be exactly like others and all we will get is excuses from our city. I am not asking for the salting of every residential street but there has to be an alternative to "just slow down." There is more to this city than just the downtown.

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