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ROAD INFORMATION

The roads within the City of Walled Lake consist of Oakland County roads, major City roads and local City roads.  The Department of Public Service (DPS) maintains the City's major and local roads, while the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is responsible for the County roads.  The County roads are South Commerce, Fourteen Mile, Pontiac Trail, and Maple Road east of Pontiac Trail.

To report a pothole on a County Road, or if you have any questions or concerns about a County Road, please contact the Road Commission for Oakland County at (248) 858-4804 or go to http://www.rcocweb.org/about/contact.asp.

To report a pothole on any City major or local road, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the City of Walled Lake Department of Public Service at (248) 624-4849 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


WHAT IS A POTHOLE?

Potholes are a continuous source of aggravation for Michigan drivers, due to our constant freeze-thaw climate.  Water, drainage, and traffic are the main factors that contribute to pavement stress and deterioration.

Potholes develop when the pavement, or the material beneath it, cannot support the weight of the traffic it carries.  Traffic that is too heavy for the road design can cause fatigue cracks in the streets.  Water flows into cracks, freezes, and expands causing the roadbed to shift.  Eventually, temperatures rise and the ice melts, leaving an unsupported gap beneath the pavement.

Municipalities spend a great deal of money, time and effort repairing potholes.  Often temporary patches are made until a road crew can return to the damaged road and repair it properly, as time and money permit. 

To report a pothole on a County Road (Pontiac Trail, East West Maple, Fourteen Mile, and South Commerce), contact the Road Commission for Oakland County at (248) 858-4804 or go to http://www.rcocweb.org/about/contact.asp

To report a pothole on any local road, please call the City of Walled Lake Department of Public Service at (248) 624-4849 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

ROAD SIGNS

To report a road sign that is down or damaged along one of our County Roads (Pontiac Trail, East West Maple, Fourteen Mile, or South Commerce), contact the Road Commission for Oakland County at (248) 858-4804 or go to http://www.rcocweb.org/about/contact.asp.

For signs that are down or damaged on any other street within City limits, please call the City of Walled Lake Department of Public Service at (248) 624-4849 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with detailed information regarding sign location.


RIGHT OF WAY MAINTENANCE


Property owners adjacent to road right of ways are responsible for routine maintenance, such as grass cutting, hedge trimming and removal of leaves or other debris. 


TREE PLANTING


A permit is required to plant a tree in the right of way. Why you may ask? Trees planted in the road right of way may interfere with utilities such as electricity, gas, water, sanitary sewer, and storm water drainage systems. In addition to those vital utilities, trees may block clear vision areas needed for safe vehicular traffic.  Each permit is handled on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please call City hall at 248-624-4847 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


DITCHES


Roadway ditches provide drainage for storm water runoff and melting snow along roadways. An open ditch drainage system allows sediments to settle for later removal and before contaminates enter our lakes, rivers and streams. In general, property owners may not fill a drainage ditch in a road right of way.  A filled drainage ditch may cause flooding or damage the roadway. Additionally, flooding caused by an illegally filled ditch may create a traffic hazard, if roadway flooding occurs.

If you have any questions about drainage ditches, please contact the Department of Public Service at (248) 624-4849 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


DITCH MAINTENANCE


If you have a ditch in your yard, it is important to maintain it, to ensure proper flow and drainage.  Take a few minutes and clear out leaves, sticks, trash, and any other debris that may have collected.  Cleaning the debris out of the ditch will help the water travel properly down your street and not onto your yard.  

 

SNOW REMOVAL POLICY


 The DPS operates on a 7-day, 24-hour schedule, 365 days per year.  The department currently has five vehicles equipped with snowplows.

The first priority of the department during a heavy snowfall is to clear the City Hall driveways to allow the Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Service staff to enter and exit the grounds in emergency situations.

The second priority is to clear the major roads, which includes intersections, sharp curves and hills.

The third priority is to clear the local roads and City-owned parking lots. 

Please be patient during heavy snowfalls.  The Public Service staff is working diligently to make the City of Walled Lake’s roads safe for its citizens.  Residents can aid the effort, by removing all parked vehicles from City streets, so the plows can do their work safely and efficiently.

As a reminder, if you are driving during inclement winter weather and you see a salt truck or snow plow, use care and caution.  Drivers are trained to drive salt trucks and snowplows, but the trucks are much larger than most vehicles.  The large vehicles take longer to stop and need more room to turn.  Drive safely! Please give them plenty of room to do their job! 

If you have any questions or concerns about snow removal policy or service within the City, please contact the Department of Public Works at (248) 624-4849 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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