Winter Maintenence

Public Works

Winter Maintenance
Michigan is a great place to live, though winters can present some challenges. Cold weather and snow require certain maintenance for residents and business owners. We have included some resources and information below for the cold months of winter. 


Parking

Please do not park on any public streets between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. between Nov. 15 and March 15.  Additionally, parking is not allowed during times when street parking could make it difficult or prevent snow removal. 

This effort greatly improves our ability to clear the streets of snow and ice. Those parked on the streets during these hours are subject to ticketing


When is my street going to be plowed?

The City of Kentwood’s Department of Public Works prioritizes winter operations from highest volume street to lowest volume street in the following order:

  1. Major streets within the City of Kentwood with the most traffic are the first priority when it comes to snow removal. A few examples of major streets are 44th Street, 52nd Street, Kalamazoo Avenue and Eastern Avenue. We plow and salt the major routes first during a snow event.
  2. Collector streets are the “main” streets throughout many of the subdivisions where you live. They act as the most effective way to enter or exit an area adjacent to the major streets.  These routes are plowed and salted after the major streets have been cleared and are as safe as possible to travel on. Some examples of collector streets are: Baileys Grove Drive, Stauffer Avenue and Gentian Avenue.
  3. Local streets are the streets with in the subdivisions themselves.  We plow these once the collectors are cleared and safe for travel.  We typically do not spread salt on the local streets.
  4. Cul-de-sacs/stub streets are the last to get attention. We will plow these with smaller pick-up trucks and direct the snow to areas in the cul-de-sac that are suitable for snow storage. Please make sure all items are removed from the cul-de-sacs such as: soccer goals, portable basketball hoops and any other miscellaneous items.

There are many times when we have finished one classification of street and moved into another and Mother Nature decides to disrupt our plan. In these cases, as the major roads deteriorate, we will shift our attention back to them and then the cycle starts over.

We make every attempt to have all the roads cleared within 24 hours after the snow event has ended. During most snow events our crews are working around the clock with trucks on the road 24 hours a day, sometimes for several days in a row. 


Clearing of Sidewalks 

Please remember that property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks in front of homes and businesses. While the City plows certain sidewalks, this is done only once during a snow event. For snowfalls that last longer, please be sure to clear the walkways on your property – personal and business. We want to ensure our streets and sidewalks are safe for everyone using them. Many people use our sidewalks from children, to winter runners to those living with physical disabilities.

We appreciate your help in keeping our pathways clear for everyone to use and enjoy! 

Click here to view a map of the sidewalks the City plows.


Fire Hydrant Maintenance 
If there is a fire hydrant on your property, it is your responsibility to keep it clear. Please shovel a clear path from the street to the hydrant, and three feet around the hydrant. Keeping hydrants clear will save precious seconds in case of emergencies. 


Snow Plow Damage 
If a City snow plow has damaged your mailbox or other personal property, please visit our Report an Issue page. Someone from the City will be contacting you within two business days. 


Snow Removal Assistance
There are some local agencies that may be able to provide help. Some suggestions are the Red Cross, United Way (2-1-1 on your phone) or even your neighborhood association.  Other resources such as your local church, a private contractor, family members, or neighbors could all be of assistance as well.

The City of Kentwood does not provide any snow removal services for driveways or sidewalks. 

Vacation House Checks 
The Volunteers in Police Service program of the Kentwood Police Department offers free vacation house checks to Kentwood residents. Trained volunteers will perform an inspection of your property while you are away for at least a week and up to three months. 

Forms are available online through the Kentwood Police Department. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Vicki Highland at 616.656.6571 or highlandv@kentwood.us