KALAMAZOO--Winter hours have begun for Western Michigan University's snow-removal crews.
The crews must plow, shovel, scrape and de-ice more than 23 miles of roads, 100 acres of parking, 39 miles of walks and 200,000 square feet of steps and ramps.
Providing there is not a major storm, most areas on the main campus will be clear of snow and ice before the majority of students and employees arrive each day. Plow schedules cover snow and ice removal activities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As in past years, various steps around campus that are deemed to be a convenience rather than a necessity will be closed for the winter, allowing crews to concentrate on major access areas.
Students and faculty and staff members who have special mobility needs should call the landscape services office at (269) 387-8557, as snow and ice removal schedules can be adjusted to accommodate needs.
Those making requests regarding weekend or other special activities also should direct their calls to that office. Callers are asked to provide as much advance notice as possible.
Questions or concerns after normal business hours should be directed to the Department of Public Safety at (269) 387-5555.