City of Detroit to activate residential street plowing contractors

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DETROIT, MI – Approximately 5-6 inches light snow has fallen so far across Detroit and city of Detroit DPW workers are continuing the efforts that began late this morning to keep major roads clear.  Crews continue to salt 673 miles of major arteries and plow them as necessary, according to DPW Director Ron Brundidge. 

City of Detroit continues work to keep major roads clear; notifies contractors to begin plowing all residential streets by 4 AM Thursday

  • DPW has had 50 trucks on the road clearing 673 miles of major roads since late morning

  • Private contractors will have 24 hours to plow 1884 miles of residential streets

Brundidge also has notified the city’s four private snow removal contractors to begin plowing their designated areas by 4 AM Thursday.  Under contract, they have 24 hours to complete their work.  DPW inspectors will conduct spot checks of their work to verify it has been done or to notify contractors of incomplete work that must be attended to. Detroit has 1884 miles of residential side streets across its 139 square miles.

Residents are asked to avoid on-street parking in residential areas, if at all possible, until contractors have completed their work to avoid being plowed in or hindering the work of plow drivers.

After residential street plowing has been completed, the city will accept citizen reports, including photos, through its Improve Detroit App to help identify any areas that contractors may have missed.

For more information on the city of Detroit’s snow removal policy, please visit

Other significant weather related updates:

  • Since The Detroit Public School Community District has canceled classes for Thursday, the After School Recreation Program operated by the City of Detroit Recreation Department at 9 DPSCD schools also will be canceled on Thursday.
  • DDOT continues to run its full fleet of regularly scheduled buses, although customers should expect some delays due to the snow and road conditions.
  • Residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks in a manner that makes it safe for pedestrians. Snow removal companies and property owners are prohibited from putting snow from their property onto public roadways.

The City of Detroit will provide periodic updates on the progress of snow removal efforts throughout the day tomorrow


The City of Detroit is contracting with Cass Community Social Services and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide temporary relief to persons who are homeless and do not utilize existing homeless shelters available within City limits.

For a complete list of shelters and warming centers citywide and information on who each serves, please visit

Cass Community Social Services, 1534 Webb, has 40 beds and provides services for families (male and female parents and children). The center is open from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m. Contact the Cass Community Social Services at (313) 883-2277.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has 100 beds for men only. The center, 3535 Third Avenue near downtown Detroit, is open from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. For information, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 993-6703.

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has a second location with 25 beds for women and children only. The center, 3840 Fairview between Mack and St. Jean, is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. For information on this location, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 331-8990.

The three facilities will operate daily during the cold weather months including holidays. The locations combined are expected to accommodate up to 165 persons at a time. During extreme cold (temperatures that have dropped to 10 degrees), services will be extended to include daytime hours.

Clients may be picked up by vans from organizations that offer outreach services or be referred by other homeless agencies. Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission.

All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services.

For more information regarding the warming centers, call (313) 224-9974.

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