From our friends at the Newaygo County Road Commission:
Michigan’s first snowflakes have fallen, and before the state is feet-deep in snow, the Newaygo County Road Commission (NCRC) is sharing how it responds to winter storms.
“During the winter months, nothing is more important that keeping our local roads free of snow and ice so drivers have safe trips when they need to be out in inclement weather,” said Derek Wawsczyk, Manager of the NCRC. “We have foremen that monitor the weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the winter to ensure we’re prepared for whatever comes our way. We will have our trucks out on the roads as soon as possible after a winter storm hits.”
Michigan snowstorms can last 24 hours or more, which means a lot of work is required for roads to return to a drivable state. And then there is the wind and drifting. All of this causes plow and salt truck drivers to work long shifts, up to 16 hours, in the worst of conditions. Here in Newaygo County, the road commission has on average 25 plows out on the roads after a winter snow event for nearly 1,600 miles of road.
Roads will be serviced in a certain order: State highways, primary routes, secondary blacktops, gravels, and finally dead-end roads. In some storms, crews are required to rerun the highways and primary system delaying service to the lower traffic volume routes. We appreciate your patience when severe weather hits.
If you have questions on winter maintenance, please contact the NCRC office at 231-689-6682.