City of Madison clarifies regulations on icy sidewalks

City of Madison clarifies regulations on icy sidewalks
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City of Madison residents had until noon on Monday to make their sidewalks passable after a recent thaw and freeze made them icy.

Last week’s rain and warm temperatures may have been a welcome sign of spring to many Madison residents, but subsequent freezing temperatures caused sidewalks with standing water to ice over and become dangerous to pedestrians.

City of Madison regulations do not require sidewalks to be completely clear of ice. However, the ice must be treated with sand, salt or another suitable substance to prevent it from becoming dangerous to pedestrians.

“If you missed your opportunity to clear your sidewalk when we had some warm weather, it’s probably too late to clear it, but it’s never too late to treat your sidewalk,” Building Inspection and Code Enforcement Director George Hank said.

Madison has sand available to city residents for treating sidewalks at 14 locations across the city listed here.

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