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Fri February 25, 2011
Wayne Co. roads chief fired over snow plowing failure
Wayne County has fired the head of its roads division after getting deluged with complaints about unplowed roads.
Metro Detroit has as much as ten inches of snow on the ground after a storm earlier this week.
Michelle Smart commutes to her job at Ford in Dearborn using the Southfield Freeway. She says on Monday’s drive, people were trying to make lanes where they could through the snow.
"The plows had not come through. It was extremely slippery and dangerous."
Road crews across the state have been struggling to keep up with this winter’s near-record snowfall with budgets that are much smaller than in years past.
Ten years ago, Wayne County had more than 700 people working for the roads division during the winter months. This year it has a little more than 300.