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UPDATE: Residential Streets Cleared, Crews Continue Downtown Cleanup

Stick with Patch to follow the progress of the plows.

UPDATE: Friday 5 a.m.
UPDATE: Friday 5 a.m.
UPDATE, 5 a.m: Residential roads completed. Crews still busy cleaning up downtown and a few dead end streets.

9:30 p.m.:
Streets are cleared through Section 12. Sections 7 through 11 are in progress. Can't see the map? Click here for a link. 

5:15 p.m.:
Sections 16 and 17 are now clear. Crews are now working on sections down to Section 13. 

4 p.m.:
Sections 37 through 22 and 19 are done. Sections 21 through 16 are in progress. 

11:50 a.m.:
Sections 26 and 23 are clear.

10:45 a.m.:
Section 28 is cleared. Sections 27 to 23 are in progress. 

8:30 a.m.: 
After a slight glitch, we're on track this morning to track plowing in the city. Residential plowing began last night in Royal Oak's north end at 9:30 p.m. Sections 29 through 37 are cleared and the next five sections are being worked on this morning.

Wednesday, 4 p.m.:
 Patch will be tracking the progress of Royal Oak's efforts to clear residential streets of snow over the next 36 hours with our new snow tracking map. 

As always, main roads are the first priority in Royal Oak. Once the main roads are salted, plowed and considered safe to drive on, the plows move into the neighborhoods.

Greg Rassel, director of the Department of Public Service doesn't expect plows to head into residential sections of town until after 5 p.m. Patch expects to have one or two progress updates later tonight and will shade areas completed in gray on the attached map so residents get a sense of when plows may be headed toward their neck of the woods.

As a reminder, snow Emergency conditions mean vehicles on residential streets are to be removed or will be towed. Vehicles are to remain off the streets until plow trucks have gone through the area. The Royal Oak Police Department begins issuing tickets six hours after a snow emergency is called, in order to give people a reasonable amount of time to move their vehicles.

In addition, due to the amount of snow that is currently piled along the curbs and the inability of the underbody plows that we have been using to push the snow any higher, we will be switching to front plows. The positive of that move is the snow will be pushed closer to the curbs and the streets will widen up a bit. The downside is that the front plows push the snow farther and higher, so the possibility of snow being pushed onto the sidewalk and further up the driveway approach is a very real scenario.

Also it should be noted that any cars left on the street will be buried behind more snow than in the previous snow falls this season, so digging one out will be much harder than it has been.


Sue February 06, 2014 at 07:11 AM
This sounded like a great idea, but there are No updates to the map. It's been 15 hours since this was posted.
Ciaran McWilliams February 06, 2014 at 07:56 AM
This is about as reliable as Royal Oaks snow removal.
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Sorry, there was a slight glitch last night. The map is now updated!
Todd February 06, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Great job Judy !
Lori Bosanko Adkins February 06, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Considering there was still snow on Main street this morning (and not just in the middle), I think its lucky they have started the residential streets. The main/emergency access roads are priority and then the residential areas. They probably won't be down here towards 11 mile until late today and I'll deal with it. There are only so many plows and over 200/400 miles of residential roads to do.
Jack Manning February 06, 2014 at 10:19 AM
My snow shovel broke. So out of frustration I threw my broken snow shovel onto a snowbank and opted to sunny Florida. I have temporarily become a snowbird. I will fly back when everything is all clear.
Chris Pariseau February 06, 2014 at 10:36 AM
I think people forget that many of the main streets are also residential streets (such as Gardenia/Catalpa) and people park in the street there. It's irritating and frustrating, but it needs to be done. And whining and complaining that your street isn't plowed yet doesn't make the plows move any faster. I'm not looking forward for them coming because that means I have to shovel the end of my drive again. Let's just hope there isn't anyone parked in front of my neighbor's house this time. I think our world has gotten so fast paced that we lose sight of what normal or real time is.
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Please note, there were multiple water main breaks yesterday and this morning there were four small water main breaks. The people that drive the plows are the same people that fix the water main breaks. So please be patient, Royal Oak!
Brett A. Hermance February 06, 2014 at 11:44 AM
ouch about the water main breaks!!
The Duke of Royal Oak February 06, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Awesome job DPS Royal Oak
Ciaran McWilliams February 06, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Gives the cops more time to write tickets for people parked on the street.
Sherry Lane February 06, 2014 at 03:14 PM
they said yesterday...that they would be towing instead of ticketing.. I think I saw it posted here on Patch
Sherry Lane February 06, 2014 at 03:21 PM
I like the map idea.. but every time you guys post one.. it's to small to read.. and yes I've tried to enlarge it still can't read it
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Hi Sherry. If you go to the latest update. There is always a link to a larger map. Click on that and see if it helps. If you still are having trouble, email me the street you are looking for at judycdavids@gmail.com and I will tell you the section number it's in.
Michael S. February 06, 2014 at 05:17 PM
can you tell me which section sherman and maxwell fall into since I can't seem to read the tiny print. is it 5 or 13? they are close to 11 and woodward but since I am old and have poor vision even enlarging the map doesn't do much to help. Thanks.
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Yep! Let me check now.
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Michael, you are Section 13.
Michael S. February 06, 2014 at 05:59 PM
thank you judy.
Sherry Lane February 06, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Judy I'm on Baldwin.. same problem as Michael.. can't see the map... Thank you
Judy Davids (Editor) February 06, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Sorry, Sherry! I was at a meeting. You are Section 11. Anyone else need help with your section number?
Sherry Lane February 07, 2014 at 12:45 AM
thank you Judy..
David Leone February 07, 2014 at 05:58 AM
I am in zone 2, and while I know how badly 4am stinks, I expected a better clear with the front plows than what I got. My street did not get wider, and while that was disappointing, the fact that there is still over an inch of "soft stuff" is the real disappointment.
Ron Arnold February 07, 2014 at 08:45 AM
The good news is that plows finally came by, south of Lincoln. The bad news is that it was in the middle of the night and I woke up to an iceberg at the end of the drive. It was fun trying to see how fast I could clear that with my garden shovel to get the van out before my daughter was late to school. Motrin is my friend. Also, my wife got stuck in that quicksand snow outside of Addams Elementary yesterday afternoon. Could we possibly prioritize clearing around our (few remaining) schools?
Jim Jones February 07, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Some of you would complain if you won a million dollars, whining about why didn't you win 2 million. Enough crying already. DPS does a bang up job in a very reasonable amount of time given their resources. Exactly what would make you people happy? The plows are loud at 4am? Boo Hoo. There's snow at the end of my driveway. Sniff sniff. Grow up already. I'm sure the hearts of the DPS guys working 14 hour shifts bleed for your discomfort and the brief 3 minute disruption of your precious, entitlement-driven life.
K. Scott February 07, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Nothing wrong with doing a little venting. We all have cabin fever and get on this board to do a little crabbing. I don't see anything particularly whiney. Just commiseration I guess. I'm with Ron on the pain killer thing. I just juice up with a shot of whiskey after work and have some fun with the berg at the end of my driveway. Cheers.

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