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City of East Grand Rapids
750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ph: 616-949-2110
Fx: 616-940-4884
Street/Sidewalk Winter Plowing

Street Plowing and Salting

During winter months, city crews are on call 24/7 for the plowing and salting of streets. At night, public safety officers monitor road and weather conditions and inform the Public Works Department when roads become hazardous and crews are dispatched to clear snow.

Snow Plowing Priority Road Routes and Local Road Routes
The priority routes are considered our major streets. These routes are plowed and salted as necessary to minimize slippery road surface conditions. Local road routes include all remaining residential streets. These routes will be plowed after all priority routes have been cleaned. Local road routes are lightly salted, as needed, to control slippery conditions.

In the event of significant snow accumulation on one-way and other narrow streets, the city posts temporary ‘no parking’ signs in advance of efforts to remove excess snow. Residents are asked to make every effort to remove vehicles from streets where these signs appear so personnel can plow, haul snow and keep the streets passable and accessible.  

Download Winter Street Priority Map

How Can You Help Make Snow Plowing Easier?
As snow begins to accumulate, residents are asked to park their vehicles in driveways so the plow trucks can clear the snow from curb to curb. This helps city crews keep East Grand Rapids streets clear of snow and ice. Private contractors may not leave snow plowed from driveways on the city’s streets or sidewalks.

As a result of City crews plowing the streets, snow undoubtedly, will build up in front of your driveway from clearing the roadway. Residents are responsible for the removal of this snow. Here is a tip to help minimize the amount of snow in the mouth of your driveway.

Shoveling tip

On occasion mailboxes can be damaged during snow removal. Please click here to see the City mailbox replacement policy.

Fire Hydrants
The City attempts, at least once a winter season depending upon snowfall, to clear all hydrants. We would like to request and encourage residents with fire hydrants in their yards to help maintain access to the hydrants by shoveling them out periodically.  This will provide quicker access in case of a fire.

Snow Removal by Private Contractors
To report a contractor for depositing snow in the roadway or plowing snow across the street the City needs the Company Name, plate number, and where the violation occurred (address). Call (616) 940-4870 to report violations.

Sidewalk Plowing

City sidewalks are plowed after a snow accumulation of three inches or more, and only after all priority street routes have been cleaned.  Sidewalk safety routes to school are cleaned as needed to ensure sidewalks are clear prior to the start of school. The city does not provide ice control to city sidewalks. Residents are encouraged to do so if necessary along their frontage. 

Download Winter Sidewalk Priority Map

If you have questions or concerns about street or sidewalk plowing, contact the Public Works Department at (616) 940-4870.

Tom Faasse
Zoning Administrator

750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Ph: 616-940-4817
Fx: 616-831-6121

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.