Snow Removal Detroit-Style

As a follow up to Mollika’s post about yesterday, I’ve noticed a few trends in the plowing of street during this year’s snowstorm:

Impromptu One Way Streets – The plows will only plow and salt half of a street, effectively turning it into a one way street. I encountered this on Ferry St. yesterday afternoon while sitting face to face with another car honking at me on the impromptu one way street.
Giant Piles of Salt – I’ve noticed this one all season, especially on Jefferson east of Belle Isle. Rather than salting an entire stretch of road, the salt truck operator will simply dump a giant pile of salt in the middle of the road and hope that the cars running over the pile will disburse it. I’ve also noticed this on I-94 and Brush by the MDOT facility.
Campus Martius – Campus Martius is supposed to be the point of origin and center of Detroit. You’d think that the few plows working would drive through CM on their way to other points across the city. Nope. For some reason, I had a harder time driving through Campus Martius and lower Woodward yesterday than I had driving anywhere else in the city. I seriously don’t think they plowed it all day.
Convenient Circles around Parking Meters – Over on Cass, where I was parking yesterday afternoon, the city was kind enough to shovel a 2 foot radius circle around each of the parking meters. Yet, they didn’t bother to clean the streets in front of the meter or the sidewalks.

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