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UPDATE: City of Madison Plowing Plans

UPDATED Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 1:48 p.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Department:

We have had 90 City plows working on our salt routes to keep main streets open. Starting at Noon we will begin to shift our efforts to residential streets.

We have decided to start plowing residential streets right away rather than wait for the snow to stop because of the large amount of snow we are getting and because the snow is so hard to plow. At Ten A.M. we brought in our contractors to begin working on residential streets. We have asked them to bring in as much additional equipment as they can to assist in the effort.

We will add 80 City plows to the residential operations bringing the total number of vehicles involved in that effort to 175.

We will be keeping ten city trucks on our major main streets to keep them open. All salt route streets are included on residential routes so they will be getting attention from those trucks as well. Our goal is to get residential streets open while avoiding the formation of hard pack on main streets.

Since the snow is forecast to continue into the evening hours, we do not expect to complete clearing residential streets until the early morning hours of Friday. However, by starting work on them now we should make it easier for residents to get to main roads today.

It is going to take plows at least three passes on each lane to get them open due to the weight of the snow. The heavy snow will lead to the formation of large boulders and heavy windrows in driveways. It is the responsibility of residents to clear their driveways. The Streets Division will not be able to provide assistance. Residents may wish to wait to clear out their driveways to avoid having to open them up multiple times.

The Streets Division has suspended refuse and recycling collection. We did get a significant number of stops collected. Those residents who did not get their material collected today will have their material collected Friday.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 9:20 a.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Department:

As of 8:00 this morning, we had 8" of wet, heavy snow on the ground. Drivers should use caution on all streets and avoid unnecessary travel. We also ask residents to remove their vehicles form the street if possible. We had 90 City plows working on our salt routes to keep main streets open. We plan to continue this effort throughout the day.

We have decided to start plowing residential streets right away rather than wait for the snow to stop because of the large amount of snow we are getting and because the snow is so hard to plow. At 10:00 a.m. we will be bringing in our contractors to begin working on residential streets. We have asked them to bring in as much additional equipment as they can to assist in the effort.

Since the snow is forecasted to continue into the evening hours, we do not expect to complete clearing residential streets until sometime on Friday. However, by starting work on them now we should make it easier for residents to get to main roads today.

It is going to take plows at least three passes on each lane to get them open due to the weight of the snow. The heavy snow will lead to the formation of large boulders and heavy windrows in driveways. It is the responsibility of residents to clear their driveways. The Streets Division will not be able to provide assistance. Residents may wish to wait to clear out their driveways to avoid having to open them up multiple times.

The Streets Division is continuing to attempt refuse and recycling collection but we may not be able to service residential streets until Friday. We will be posting updates regarding Snow Plow Updates, Declared Snow Emergencies and Sidewalk Clearing Alerts at www.cityofmadison.com/winter.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 5:45 a.m.

From the City of Madison Streets Department:

As of 4:30 this morning we had 6" of snow on the ground. This is very wet heavy snow which makes plowing difficult. We have had crews out plowing our salt routes since the storm began. We will have 50 trucks working major streets starting at 5 a.m. and another 30-40 trucks out at 7 a.m. We plan to begin work on residential streets later in the day and we will provide more information on our plans for these streets in future updates.

We have opened up driving lanes on major streets however residential streets are deeply snow covered and will remain so throughout most of the day. Drivers should be cautious on all streets, especially on side streets and at intersections where windrows are present.

Madison Metro has suspended operations for the day. The Streets Division will attempt refuse and recycling collection but we may not be able to service residential streets until Friday. We will be posting updates on our web site www.cityofmadison.com/streets.

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Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 2:38 p.m.

Press Release from the City of Madison Streets Department:

The Streets Division has a plan in place for the impending storm that will start this evening and last until late Thursday afternoon. This storm is expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of wet heavy snow in our area. The storm will be accompanied by high winds which will hamper visibility and make clearing streets a challenge.

We have been putting down salt brine during the day on main streets and bridge decks. This will help prevent the early snow from bonding to the pavement before our salt trucks get on the road. We plan to have 26 trucks out on our salt routes when the snow begins to fall. At midnight we will increase that to 30 trucks, again working only on our salt routes.

At 5 a.m. we plan to put an additional 30 trucks on the road in an effort to keep the main streets passable. We will supplement that with another 20 to 30 trucks at 7 a.m.

The morning rush hour will be a challenge for drivers who should find the main roads open, but residential streets will remain unplowed until the snowfall stops. Drivers should allow extra time for their morning commute. You should also be aware that blowing snow will be a significant hazard. You should approach all intersections with caution and is you cannot clearly see a traffic signal assume the light is red and prepare to stop.

We plan to begin plowing residential streets using contractors as soon as the snow stops. We will keep City crews on the main streets until they are open and then shift those crews over to the residential streets.

The wet, heavy snow will require three passes to clear a street. The snow conditions will also lead to snow boulders that will block driveways and cross walks. We will not be clearing out driveways, that is the responsibility of the property owner.

We estimate that it will take us 12 to 16 hours to complete this plowing operation as opposed to the usual 8 to 10 hours. This is due to the wet snow and the high winds accompanying the storm.

We will not declare a snow emergency tonight, but expect that we will have a snow emergency in effect for both Thursday and Friday evenings as we clean up after the storm. We ask that residents get all vehicles off the street if possible. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/parking/


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