Repeated snowfall leaves banks along roads

A City of Muskegon snow plow. (Jan. 27, 2014)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Road crews in Muskegon are having a tough time keeping up with the more than seven feet of snow accumulation.

So far this year, 90 inches of snow has fallen in the City of Muskegon. That’s seven and a half feet.

“The last few years- well, maybe the last even 10 haven’t been bad,” said heavy equipment operator Jim Straley.

This winter is making up for warmer, drier ones over the past decade.

Straley has driven a plow for the city of Muskegon for the past 25 years.  During the warmer months, he does everything from clearing sand to operating dump trucks, but the winter months are all about the snow.

“The lake effect has been really kicking up,” Straley said. “We’ve been pretty much running 24/7 just to keep the roads open. So all the extra stuff has kind of been backed up at this point.”

That “extra stuff” is things road crews just haven’t had time to deal with, like piles of snow along city roads that grow with every pass of a plow. Typically, the city would move that snow to designated areas within the city limits — usually several city parks.

But they haven’t had time to do that this year — at least for the past week. It seems that as soon as crews finish plowing, it’s time it to plow again.

And until this storm is in the rearview mirror or it warms up, plow drivers are just trying to stay on top of the constant snowfall.

The director of Muskegon’s Public Works department told 24 Hour News 8 he hopes to be able to assign crews to transporting snow later in the week, but it all depends on the weather.

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