Winter Maintenance & Parking
PLOWING AND SANDING
While the yearly 200 - 300 inches of
snow is an asset to recreation in our
county, the maintaining of the roads in
rural areas proves to be a tremendous
challenge and responsibility for the
Houghton County Road Commission.
The highest priority road maintenance
activity in Houghton County is plowing
and sanding during the winter months and
only after a winter season has ended,
can a realistic summer work program be
Road plowing and sanding priorities are
generally performed in descending order
of the legal system of roads, being
county primary roads first, with county
local access roads after that.
High traffic counts and school bus
routes generally are emphasized also.
For anyone interested in the details of
Houghton County's winter maintenance
policy and individual route schedules,
please contact the Houghton County Road
Commission office in Ripley.
For obvious reasons, there have been
parking restrictions formulated jointly
by the Michigan State Police, Michigan
Department of Transportation, and the
Houghton County Road Commission which
There shall be no parking on either
the roadway or shoulder of any highway
or county road outside of incorporated
cities and villages between the hours of
2 a.m. and 8 a.m. (local time) from
November 1 of any year through April 15
of the succeeding year.
The Houghton County Board of Road
Commissioners welcomes you to our winter
wonderland and urges everyone to drive
with care when enjoying our county road