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Snow Removal and Plowing

Plowing of Streets within the City of Kalamazoo

Public Services personnel plow streets in sequence of majors, locals, dead ends, alleys and cul-de-sacs. City of Kalamazoo staff make every effort to have major streets cleared within 24 hours, and local streets, dead-ends, alleys and cul-de-sacs within 48 hours of the end of the snowfall event. During periods of heavier snowfall, priority is given to major streets, with locals and other streets being plowed as crews are able.  If your street has not been plowed and it is past the time frame for your street, you can report it by calling 269-337-8731.

Please note: the City will not take reports of misses before the 24/48 hour timeframe.

City of Kalamazoo’s first priority is to have public streets cleared of snow so motoring traffic can safely travel on City streets. Vehicles parked on City streets impact snow removal activities.  Please be attentive to parking restrictions in place for your area as violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.  As a reminder, City Ordinance 36-170 restricts parking on City streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., unless otherwise posted.

During plowing activities driveways that have already been shoveled may become filled back in with snow. Please see thisicon diagram on shoveling your drive in a fashion that will help property owners avoid substantial additional work once plows have gone through.

Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow in front of their properties due to age or infirmity.

 Please note: private streets are not plowed by the City of Kalamazoo.  Most streets in the townships situated within Kalamazoo County are plowed by the Kalamazoo County Road Commission.  Highways and ramps are plowed by MDOT.

Snow Covered Sidewalks

An important element in providing safe passage of pedestrians during snow events is in the hands of City of Kalamazoo residents themselves, namely, the removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks. There is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens in removing snow from sidewalks.  However, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks should simply be looked upon as a combination of courtesy and caring toward all those who need to use sidewalks. 

Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow in front of their properties due to age or infirmity.

The City reminds property owners or occupants that:

1.  All snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk should be removed in a timely fashion. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on such a sidewalk it is recommended that it be treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery. 
2.  Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.

If any citizen has a concern regarding the lack of sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, Public Services is ready to help. Citizens may call (269) 337-8215 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to report locations which may be of concern.

Snow Covered Hydrants

When possible, please help out your neighbors, Water System crews and Fire Service personnel by keeping a 2-foot path cleared around the hydrant, and clearing snow from off the hydrant itself so that it is easily visible from the street.

 Storm Covered Inlets/Storm Sewer Drains

To avoid area flooding as the winter snow and ice melts, please clear storm inlets/storm sewer drains.  City personnel will make every effort to clear these areas as well, but cannot always keep up with the weather changes.  Again, any help you can give helps us all in keeping our City clear of hazards and functioning optimally.