Cleanup continues on campus after major winter storm
Jan. 3, 2014
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities crews continue campus cleanup efforts in response to the massive winter storm that rocked mid-Michigan the weekend before Christmas.
As of today, about 90 percent of branches that were blocking campus sidewalks have been cleared.
However, IPF Landscape Services crews estimate that overall cleanup efforts are only about 25 percent finished. The complete cleanup, including pruning trees and removing waste branches, is expected to take up to two months. Additional snow in the past several days has slowed cleanup efforts as the priority again shifted to removing ice and snow from sidewalks, parking lots and roads.
The campus community is urged to continue using caution while navigating around campus during this time. Pruning efforts continue to remove weak branches from trees. Trees and areas that are slated for work are marked with yellow caution tape. Please stay away from those areas as they are potentially dangerous. Brush piles will also be present throughout the cleanup period and should be avoided as well.
Additionally, due to the extreme cold, icy conditions are likely. Buckets of ice-melt compound can be found at entrances to most campus buildings. If you see an icy spot, please help by spreading some of the ice-melt around to cover the area (about one-quarter cup per 100 square feet). Give the ice-melt time to take effect, and remember that it is most effective at 20 degrees Fahrenheit and warmer. Those living in residence halls or university apartments should inform the facility manager of the need for additional ice-melt. Also, while safety is priority one, using the ice-melt compound responsibly is important to limit environmental impacts.
Your patience and cooperation during this cleanup period is appreciated. To report potentially dangerous spots on campus (hanging limbs, icy zones, etc.), contact IPF Dispatch at (517) 353-1760.
For a complete listing of scheduled IPF maintenance and construction alerts, visit the IPF Alerts web page.
MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.