Terrible road conditions in Royal Oak

Can anyone explain why the main roads were plowed and salted UNTIL you hit the Royal Oak city limits.  The best you had there was a little bit of plowing.  In other cities, salting did wonders to help make the roads safer for those that needed to use them.  Come on Royal Oak...get with it...what are you spending our tax dollars on???
Mary L Urpsis January 06, 2014 at 06:52 PM
maybe they could have used that 40K for a new plow truck? Not familiar with the cost of a truck, so I am unable to speak to that, but it could have gone toward a NEW plow truck, at least, then we could get rid of one of the "old" trucks that still have not plowed my street ---- but then there is no school tomorrow, so why would they plow my street upon which there is a school? Haven't even seen a plow truck in our area all day which is the Shrine area.
David Kies January 06, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Just to clarify things...I started this blog to find out why our city was not putting salt down on the roads during the snow fall of Jan. 1st. While other cities were both plowing and salting (and the roads were clear or snow was being melted ) Royal Oak drivers were only plowing. And than at best, the blades were left about 1 to 2 inches above the road creating a hard packed snow and ice surface. I just think we need city officials that consider the needs of the citizens when they make decisions involving the finances. Poor money management seems to be an issue with our city leaders.
Patience January 07, 2014 at 01:07 AM
Ice forms when the­ temperature of water reaches 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). When you add salt, that temperature drops: A 10-percent salt solution freezes at 20 F (-6 C), and a 20-percent solution freezes at 2 F (-16 C). On a roadway, this means that if you sprinkle salt on the ice, you can melt it. The salt dissolves into the liquid water in the ice and lowers its freezing point. If the temperature of the roadway is lower than 15 F or so, then the salt really won't have any effect -- the solid salt cannot get into the structure of the solid water to start the dissolving process. In that case, spreading sand over the top of the ice to provide traction is a better option. I hope this answers your question about why salt isn't being put down.
Judy Davids January 07, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Thanks, Patience Here's a link to more snowplowing questions and answers: http://royaloak.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/why-do-you-leave-that-pile-of-snow-at-the-end-of-my-driveway_eb7fd290
Debbie Campbell January 07, 2014 at 07:40 AM
As of 8:40 last night Elmhurst between 13 Mile and Normandy hadn’t been plowed—Neighbors are pitching-in though pushing one another’s stuck cars down the street--


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