GR ‘tow-and-plows’ each day this week

A plow in Grand Rapids. (Jan. 27, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Grand Rapids is asking residents to avoid parking on the street in different neighborhoods each day this week so snow plows can widen streets.

One of five neighborhoods will be cleared each day between Feb. 24 and Feb. 28. The city has laid out boundaries inside which residents should avoid parking on residential streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • Monday, Feb. 24: From Hall Street to Griggs Street SE and Kalamazoo Avenue to Plymouth Avenue SE
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25: From Burton Street to 28th Street SE and Eastern Avenue to Plymouth Avenue SE
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26: From Leonard Street to Third Street NW and Mount Calvary Cemetery to Turner Avenue NW
  • Thursday, Feb. 27: From I-196 to Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue to Fuller Avenue NE
  • Friday, Feb. 28: From Knapp Street to Leonard Street NW and Plainfield Avenue to Fuller Avenue NE

Online: A map of neighborhoods and the dates they are scheduled to be plowed (pdf)

Cars that aren’t moved could be ticketed and towed.

The city has issued similar no-parking orders in other neighborhoods over the past couple of weeks to widen streets. The city says response to the program has been positive thusfar.

“The plowing schedule is created with input from Police and Fire Departments reports, information from callers who report that their street needs attention, and from our supervisors driving into areas of the City where streets are known to be narrow.” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said in a statement.

The city says that when the streets are plowed, snow may be pushed onto sidewalks and into driveways. It is residents’ responsibility to clear those areas.

The city has also been asking residents to clear away snow and ice from catch basins to prevent flooding and from around fire hydrants to help firefighters in the event of an emergency.

If there is another snowfall, the city will likely postpone clearing the neighborhoods as snow plows are redirected to normal routes.

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