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Q: The plow truck knocked over my mailbox, will the road commission replace it?

A: Mailboxes can sometimes be knocked down by road commission trucks while performing road maintenance, usually winter maintenance. Most of the time, the damage is caused by snow and ice colliding with the mailbox or post not the road commission's truck. SCRC's policy is to repair and or replace mailboxes damaged by direct contact with road commission equipment. SCRC will not assume responsibility for mailbox damage or costs that are caused by snow and or ice being removed from the road.

Q: Why can't I plow snow from my driveway across or onto the road for the road commission to clean up?

A: In accordance with the Michigan Vehicle Code, it is illegal to deposit snow, slush, or ice on any roadway. The snow, slush, and ice can harden and result in damage to equipment and or other vehicles as well as create a safety hazard.

Q: Why does it take so long for my road to be plowed?

A: Snow and ice removal is performed on a priority basis. State trunklines are cleared first, followed by county primary roads and then county local roads. SCRC has a night shift during the winter months to patrol and ensure road conditions are monitored, however, the night shift only covers the state trunklines. SCRC's goal is to provide the best possible service for all the traveling public.

Q: Why is my road always the last road to be plowed after a snowstorm?

A: SCRC performs winter maintenance operations in order of priority beginning with the 286 lane miles of state highway then proceeding to county primary roads and lastly county local roads. Due to limited resources, it can take up to 3 days to plow the lesser traveled county local roads. In the event of a snowstorm with significant accumulation it can take even longer to clear the local roads.

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