When winter approaches, you may get concerned about the fact that we reside in Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Whitehall. However, because the weather is unpredictable and it is still winter, you should never count your chicks until they hatch.
Snow removal in Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Whitehall should be top on your priority list. Not only is snow inconvenient, but it is also the requirement that you remove it from sidewalks and public paths near to your property. Preferred Lawn Care and Snow Removal will help you find a snow removal service provider right away.
Commercial Snow Removal Services Require Planning
Commercial snow removal services are not as simple as shoveling driveways at home. On most business buildings, there may be several safety risks and impediments ranging from staircases to parking blocks and meters. Having your property appraised throughout the summer allows your snow removal contractor to go around and identify any dangers that would otherwise be buried in snow, enhancing the safety of your guests and lowering the possibility of insurance claims. Contacting a professional early also gives you time to prepare the best ice management strategy for your property and needs.
Safety hazards such as stairs and parking blocks can be identified more easily and clearly when they’re not covered in snow.
Procuring Time Slots and Resources
Commercial snow removal companies utilize a variety of equipment to clear snow and control ice. This comprises bobcats with various bucket configurations and tandem trucks, graders, loaders, and sanding trucks. Booking early guarantees that these machinery and the related crew are available at the times you specify or after snowstorms. Other resources, such as salt sand mixture, must also be acquired because they become limited during the winter months. Fortunately, we have a great supply of sand at Preferred Lawn Care.
Snow removal companies utilize a variety of devices to clean, load, and take away snow.
Preferred Lawn Care Provides Snow and Ice Removal
One of the services we offer at Michigan is commercial and residential snow removal. We have a massive fleet of heavy equipment and the required personnel to operate 24/7 during major snowstorms. However, because we also serve other clients, scheduling early is the best way to ensure you get on the list. So contact us right now to begin your examination procedure. Our knowledgeable crew will perform a thorough walk-through of your home. It simply takes 30 minutes, and we’ll provide you with a detailed explanation of the estimate.
What is the City of Muskegon’s Snow and Ice Management Goal?
To clear and de-ice as close to bare pavement as possible, all major, local, and trunk-line roads within 24 hours of a winter event.
How Are City Roads Prioritized?
Snow and ice management is compartmentalized into three priorities:
1. Major Streets
- 72 Miles of Road;
- East, West, Center, and Downtown;
- Hospital routes and Emergency Services.
- Nine miles of major trunk-line roads;
- M-46 (Apple Ave)
- B-31 (Seaway Drive)
3. Local Streets
- Over 114 miles of road;
- 7 districts;
- 525 usable alleys.
Who Gets Plowed First After a Snow or Ice Event?
Major streets are the priority for snow plowing and salting; emergency access for hospital, fire, and police routes are part of each major street plan. Local streets are plowed after all major streets have been cleared and salted.
Why is My Residential Road Last to Be Plowed?
The city of Muskegon is committed to the highest standards of service for its residents. Each of the 7 districts is assigned one to two trucks after a snow event.
Each district takes a minimum of six to eight hours to completely clear the roads of snow. New storms will often require the city to re-assign drivers working in districts back to the major roads. If a citizen feels their road was missed, they should call to report the issue with the Department of Public Services at 231-724-4100.
Why Do City Plow Trucks Put All the Snow From the Road in My Driveway?
Plow truck operators are tasked to clear all the snow from the road towards the curbs. Plow trucks typically operate in tandem, using various plows to push as much snow as possible from the center of the road to the curb lane. The trucks are not designed to allow for where or how the snow ends up, just that it’s off the road deck and pushed to the sides.
Can the City Plow the Snow Out of My Driveway They Left Behind?
Clearing snow from the thousands of private driveways in the city of Muskegon after any snow event would be an insurmountable task, and the potential to damage private property with heavy equipment would leave the city open to costly legal claims.
Clear a path of snow 10-15 feet parallel from the curb-lane before a drive approach to minimize the amount of snow left by plow truck
Why Doesn’t the Operator Keep the Blade Straight to Push the Snow Forward Instead of to the Side?
The snow will spill off the blade onto both sides of the truck, leaving a mess in the middle of the road and curb-lane. Under certain conditions, enough snow buildup beneath the truck’s undercarriage could force it to a physical stop where it would become stranded in the road.
Can Residents Put the Snow Left in Driveways Back Into the Street?
Snow should be shoveled to the side of a resident’s driveway and not returned to the street. Placing snow back into the public right-of-way is a violation of city ordinance and is subject to citation by the Muskegon Police Department.
Why Doesn’t the City Put Salt Down on Residential Roads?
The city uses salt and chloride to de-ice roads where traffic volume is heavy enough to maximize its effectiveness by carrying the materials along the road deck. Rock salt will melt snow and ice between the temperatures of 18° and 30° degrees, but its effectiveness decreases drastically the lower the temperature falls below 15° degrees Fahrenheit. Road salt and chloride mixtures have almost no effect below 10° degrees.
De-icing materials are not typically applied to local streets where traffic volumes are low. Some intersections may be salted, as determined by the Streets Supervisor, or when requested by the police or fire departments.
Who is Responsible for Clearing the Sidewalk in Front of My Residence?
Property owners are responsible for clearing the pedestrian sidewalks along their property lines.
Why Does the City Clear Some Sidewalks, but Not Mine?
The city may clear designated school route sidewalks or other sidewalks under unique circumstances, such as bridges and over-passes. The city is under contract to clear sidewalks for the downtown business assessment.
Why Do the Plow Trucks Throw Snow From the Road Onto My Sidewalk?
City plow trucks typically operate between 12-15 miles per hour while plowing local streets. Certain conditions may require more speed to push the existing snow over the banks, which may unintentionally fall onto the sidewalk.
Why Do the Drivers Run Down My Street So Fast?
It may appear that city plow trucks are moving incredibly fast, but such observations are often relative to the size of the trucks and the task they are performing which may make it seem like they are moving much faster than they are in real-time. Each truck is equipped with a GPS unit, so if a citizen feels a plow truck is operating at unsafe speeds, the observer should note the time and street address, and contact the Department of Municipal Services Supervisor at 231-724-4100.
If I Live on an Alley and Park in the Back, When Should I Expect My Alley to Get Plowed?
Alleys are typically plowed 24-hours after a snow event with 4-wheel drive utility trucks. The sheer number of alleys in the city of Muskegon make it a time consuming task to complete, and the severity of storms can affect the time required to plow through them all.
If you need professional snow removal services in Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Whitehall, Preferred Lawn Care can help. The crew works quickly and utilizes top-of-the-line equipment to ensure every job is completed to the client’s satisfaction. Reach out to the team online or call 231-670-9873 to speak with a representative.