City crews plowing in full force

City crews plowing in full force

While many Madisonians embraced the weather this Sunday, for some it’s less winter wonderland and more work.

“We had guys checking the streets at 3:00 a.m.,” Bryan Johnson, city streets spokesperson, said. “We had crews in at five in the morning so our salt routes have been maintained since then. We are going to keep reassessing as it keeps snowing.

As of 5 p.m. crews are still out plowing and plan to do a final round of plowing at 9 p.m. after the snowfall ends. The city declared a snow emergency until at least 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Johnson said the streets division has been waiting for this day to come.

“We are prepared for winter storms come October,” he said.

If need be, the streets division has enough equipment and staff to put 150 crew members to work. Johnson said he keeps reassessing how many crew members are needed to keep road conditions safe, based on the how many inches of snow have fallen.

“That’s why we plow the streets, and that’s why we salt the streets the way that we do, we have to maintain some level of safety,” Johnson said.

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