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DPW truck ripping up road.The Division of Public Works currently maintains a network of more than 58 miles of major streets and 243 miles of paved and unpaved local streets.  Farmington Hills has the ninth largest municipal street network in the state of Michigan and the largest municipal network in Oakland County.

The DPW oversees all routine maintenance of the City’s street system including pavement patching and replacement, road grading, litter control, street sweeping, roadside mowing and landscaping, forestry services, storm drain maintenance and improvements, ditching, guardrail repairs, sign maintenance, and snow and ice control.  Additionally, City crews provide mowing and litter control services to 40 miles of county roads.

Ensuring safe driving conditions is the primary objective of the road maintenance program.  Improving the aesthetic quality of the street network in the City of Farmington Hills is also a priority.

Snow and Ice Removal

Snow removal truck in action.The City provides snow and ice control throughout the winter months for its 300-mile road network. These streets fall into one of three categories; major roads, school bus routes, and subdivision streets. Major roads and school bus routes receive the highest priority; they are plowed and salted following any accumulation of snow or ice. Local streets are plowed following accumulation of four inches or more of snow. If the accumulation is less than four inches, subdivision streets are spot salted, on hills, curves, and intersections. The DPW staff, in conjunction with Police dispatch, are on-call seven days a week to respond to road hazard conditions or storm events. These services are provided for all roads under the City’s jurisdiction. Throughout Farmington Hills, however, there are roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Wayne County, and our neighboring Cities of Southfield and Farmington.

School Bus Routes

The Farmington School District has selected the primary road link between the City’s major street network and the district’s elementary schools. These links are then designated as school bus routes. Note that these routes do not include all roads driven by school buses. School bus routes are plowed and/or salted following any accumulation of snow and ice.

Sidewalks

Snow removal truck in action.The City does not plow or salt sidewalks. Although requests for this service have been reviewed for years, the City has adopted a policy of not providing snow and ice control for the City’s sidewalk network. Given the frequency of thaws in Southeastern Michigan, pedestrians can safely use sidewalks throughout most of the winter. Sidewalk snow removal programs in other communities have resulted in extensive landscape damages and, on occasion, caused increased hazards due to icy sidewalk surface conditions.

Salt/Sand Barrels

The City places 55-gallon drums filled with a mixture of sand and salt at intersections and hills upon request from homeowner groups. If your association is interested in having barrels placed within your subdivision, please send a letter, along with a clear description or sketch of the location, to the Division of Public Works at 27245 Halsted, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 48331, or email the DPW. It is important to obtain the approval of the property owner adjacent to the selected location, given that spilled salt may burn the grass.

Click here for a map of roadway jurisdictions in Farmington Hills.

Other Roads

There are a number of county and state roads that pass through Farmington Hills and are directly linked with the City’s road network. County roads, as well as MDOT highways, are maintained throughout the winter months by the Road Commission for Oakland County maintenance staff. Like the Farmington Hills DPW, the Road Commission maintenance staff is on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies and weather.

 

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