Safe driving conditions are always a priority for the Road Commission of Kalamazoo County (RCKC), wintertime is no exception. In total, we are responsible for approximately 1,270 miles of snow and ice control. By monitoring weather forecasts frequently, we are able to meet winter’s challenges and implement an effective winter maintenance plan.
As part of our on-going winter maintenance assessments, we have identified a level of service to provide advanced coverage during peak travel and commute times. RCKC has incorporated a 3-shift program by adding a second and third shift during the winter months. Generally, plowing operations begin when slippery conditions exist, or snow levels reach about two inches on major roads. If snow continues to fall, or is predicted, we are prepared to respond accordingly. Special attention is paid to bridge surfaces as they tend to freeze more rapidly.
When snowfall occurs overnight, plowing begins at 12am so that the roads will be as clear as possible by the time most are starting their day. If weather or driving conditions warrant, we work with law enforcement to handle emergency situations. 911 handles emergency calls for the RCKC after regular business hours and can alert our team to respond to a particular problem.
The following priorities have been identified for winter maintenance:
Current State of Snowplow Technology