The Public Works Division maintains all City-owned major and local streets within the City of Auburn Hills, This includes patching and replacement of concrete of the City streets as needed.
The Division is responsible for making sure the City's streets are draining properly. The City will uncover or clear blocked catch basins, and repair or rebuild malfunctioning ones. Catch basins are cleaned on a routine basis to prevent the build up of debris. This also serves to reduce or eliminate pollutant discharge into streams and rivers.
The Sign Department's responsibility is to create, install, repair, and replace all City and streets signs as necessary. This is done in a manner which while informing motorists, keeps sign pollution to a minimum. If you notice a sign damaged or down please notify the DPW at (248) 391-3777.
To report a pothole on State and County roads, please call the Road Commission for Oakland County at (248) 858-4804. To report a pothole or street maintenance on a City road, please call (248) 391-3777.
If you are reporting damage to your vehicle, please contact the Auburn Hills Police Department at (248) 370-9444.
What is the City's snow removal policy?
The City begins to salt and plow major roads as soon as snow starts to accumulate. Hills, curves, intersections and school entry roads are a priority when there is any snowfall that causes slippery conditions. The City will begin plowing residential streets once major and local roads are complete. This operation takes approximately 24 hours. It is the DPW's goal to clear all City streets within 12 hours of the conclusion of a snow/ice storm
Increasing salt prices and environmental concerns have influenced the DPW to change traditional salting procedures over the past few years. The DPW is implementing a change in salting procedures on residential surface streets. In past years residential streets were plowed curb-to-curb and salted as part of the overall snow removal program. The DPW will continue to plow curb-to-curb and now limit salt application to subdivision entrances, substantial hills and curves, and the school bus routes. After the initial limited application, the DPW will monitor weather conditions and effect traffic has on residential streets over the next 24 hours. After the monitoring period, additional salt will be applied if necessary. The DPW believes this change in procedure in environmentally responsible and will reduce salt usage with minimal impact to traffic in these low-speed, low traffic volume areas.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is asking residents to assist in snow removal efforts by keeping vehicles off residential streets during snow events until the DPW has had the opportunity to plow the streets. This has been especially problematic in larger, more concentrated subdivisions such as Hunt Club and the Bloomfield Orchards. Signs will be posted prior to a snow event at the entrances to these neighborhoods reminding residents to please keep vehicles off the street until snow has been plowed.
The Auburn Hills Police Department can declare a snow emergency during which parking is prohibited on all City streets until the storm is over and the DPW has plowed the street. Declared snow emergencies will be posted on the City's website and local media and cable channels will be notified to include this information in their broadcasts.
For more information about snowstorm activities or to report a dangerous condition, contact the DPW at (248) 391-3777.
Plowed Snow on Driveways
Unfortunately, the operator cannot control the amount of snow pushed into a resident's driveway. If at all possible, it is best not to shovel your driveway until after the plow has passed. Please do not shovel snow back into the street once the plow has passed. It can create dangerous ice patches for all drivers.
The City will repair mailboxes that are damaged as a result of the City's plowing operation. Please call (248) 391-3777 to report the damage and the City will be out as quickly as possible to replace or repair your mailbox.
What can residents do to assist the plow crews?
Residents can do the following to help maintain clearer streets in winter:
*Don't shovel/blow snow from driveways and sidewalks back onto streets because it creates dangerous ice patches.
*Clear the lump of snow at the end of your driveway (but not back onto the street).
*Don't park on the street until the DPW has plowed the street.
*Keep fire hydrants in front of your property clear of snow and ice.
*When driving, give salt trucks extra room.
*Beware of snowplows and allow them extra room as snow can be thrown and may contain rocks and other road debris. Salt and plow trucks frequently back up as part of snowplowing operations. Do not tailgate a snowplow truck; if you can't see the truck's mirrors, the truck driver can't see you.
*Allow for extra driving time in inclement weather.
*Be a good neighbor and lend a hand to those in need.