Clearing roads could take until next week under 'worst case scenario,' says Oakland Co. road commission

Posted at 1:33 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 13:33:47-05

(WXYZ)  — As metro Detroit braces for more snowfall this evening into Tuesday morning, road crews are preparing for the long road of work ahead.


Craig Bryson, Road Commission for Oakland County senior communications manager, said in the "worst case scenario" of snowfall expected throughout the week, clearing the roads could take some time.

“Worst case scenario we could be a long weekend before we get to the subs and maybe even Monday before we get everything cleared," Bryson said.

He said he anticipates that the road commission will have full coverage Tuesday, which includes more than 100 trucks out and about. If we get more than 6 inches, Bryson said they will also call in some private contractors to help.

Drivers can work up to 16 hours before being required to take a 5.5 hour break.

Bryson advises people to stay off the roads tomorrow if possible.

“If you can work from home, tomorrow would be a good day to do it,” said Bryson.

He said if we do get on the high end of expected totals, some roads might not even be passable for some drivers.

“If we get at the high end, there may be some places that are virtually impassable for a typical non-four wheel drive sedan. If that happens, we will do everything we can to get into the subs as quickly as we can, but again, we want to make sure the main roads are passable before we devote a lot of resources to the subs.”