GR tow-and-plow plan set for Feb. 14

A Grand Rapids city truck plows snow on a road. (Feb. 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The City of Grand Rapids and neighborhood associations around town are extending their plan to make sure neighborhood roads get plowed.

Emergency vehicles, buses and garbage trucks are having difficulty navigating around many roads due to a combination of piled-high snow and parked vehicles.

The City’s so-called tow-and-plow plan began earlier this week in the East Hills Neighborhood and was for the most part successful.

Neighbors are asked to remove their parked vehicles from the streets prior to 8 a.m. on the scheduled days. The clearing lasts until 2 p.m.

The next affected neighborhood is in the Eastown area — streets bordered by Diamond Avenue to Woodmere Avenue, and Hermitage Street to Wealthy Street. This clearing will occur Friday.

A neighborhood in Grand Rapids in which the City is forcing residents to remove their vehicles parked on the streets so trucks can plow the roads. (Feb. 12, 2014)
A neighborhood in Grand Rapids in which the City is forcing residents to remove their vehicles parked on the streets so trucks can plow the roads. (Feb. 12, 2014)

Patrick McClinchy has given up on clearing out his driveway on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, so lately he has been parking on the street.

“I was coming out here every day and just plowing it out. And I was like, ‘I don’t have time to do this everyday.’ I can’t do it,” he said earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Executive Director of the West Grand Neighborhood Association Nola Steketee and her team were out placing flyers on vehicles in McClinchy’s neighborhood.

On Thursday, City plows came through and cleared out some streets in his neighborhood —  streets bordered by Lincoln Avenue NW, Walker/Stocking Avenue NW, and I-196.

“They have not had the attention all winter long,” Steketee said about those particular streets.

“There are certain roads around here that you can barely get through because there are cars on both sides, and you got not even a car-length to get through,” McClinchy said. “And it’s because there is snow all over the place.”

More clearing locations will be announced next week.

The City warns that the snow plow trucks may deposit snow on sidewalks and driveways during the process, so residents are responsible for clearing these areas afterward, according to a City ordinance. Residents are also asked to help by clearing the snow around fire hydrants.

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