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The Department of Public Works (DPW) plows eight miles of state highway, 26 miles of major streets and 63 miles of local or residential streets and three miles of alleys. DPW coordinates salting and snow control in conjunction with the East Lansing Police Department. Crews start by plowing state highways and major streets, then move to residential street stops, hills and corners. These first priority routes are maintained until conditions are under control, at which time, crews move to residential streets, alleys and cul-de-sacs. Typically, plowing only takes place in residential neighborhoods when snowfall accumulates to three inches or more. Please understand that every street cannot be cleared at the same time.
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Salt is applied to ice as needed on state highways, major streets and in critical areas, such as stops, hills and corners. Depending on the severity of conditions, crews may also spot treat ice on local residential streets.
Some areas of the City have narrow public right-of-ways, which results in the sidewalk being very close to the street. When plowing, the snow may end up on the sidewalk that was just shoveled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you.
It should also be noted that, if it is a significant snowfall, the snowplows may have to return. Streets are typically opened with one pass through, so that streets can be made passable for drivers as soon as possible. Snowplows may return to open the street curb-to-curb. This is done to clear areas for on-street parking, where it is permitted, and to allow melting snow to drain into catch basins. We regret that you may find some of this snow on your recently shoveled sidewalk and may have to shovel it again.
The City of East Lansing clears sidewalks in some higher-volume pedestrian traffic areas, including downtown East Lansing, along many major streets and areas near schools. Even if the City plows these areas, property owners are still responsible for making sure the sidewalk adjacent to their property is maintained and clear enough for everyone to use, including those in wheelchairs. If you have any questions, please call Parking & Code Enforcement at (517) 319-6894.
Currently, the 54B District Court assesses $90 in fines and costs. Please note, fines and costs are determined, in part, by legislative requirements. Contact the 54B District Court at (517) 351-4568 for updated information. Learn more.
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