Lakeshore Road Commission crews are back to plowing snow from their street systems, they'd spent work days recently trying to reduce the size of snowbanks that make it hard to see to enter an intersection.
Laurie Peterson and Ryan Kemppainen, the respective operations superintendents in Muskegon and Ottawa Counties told WOOD Radio they've been scouring down snowhills and widening roads when the circumstances allow. Kent County Road Commission Maintenance Supervisory Jerry Byrne said they have crews on West River, Cannonsburg, the East Beltline and 68th Street today. "The banks are such now that the trucks can't move them, so you either bring in a motor grader or front end loader. We're limited to the number of pieces of equipment that we have to push the banks back."
Byrne said they'll prioritize this kind of work the same way they approach clearing roadways in a significant snow event. "The resources have to be on those main, high speed roads first." He adds this kind of work may not occur in residential areas, given the time and equipment they have and the general demand. Byrne said the public isn't shy about asking. "'The banks are too high, we can't see over them' or 'You filled our driveway. We do hear a lot of that, but we've got to hit this systematically."
The final watchword from the professionals, Byrne specifically is to exercise some courtesy. "It's not only the people pulling out on the street (who have) got to be able to stop and creep out. Also, the motorists who have the right of way need to be aware that visibility is limited."