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UPDATE: Madison plows work to finish clearing residential streets

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley says residential and main roadways in Madison will be mostly clear in about an hour.

Crews will continue to sand and salt the roadways all day. They have about 140 snow plow crews on the roadways as of 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

Kelley says the salt is working better than on Sunday. The sun has warmed up the roadways, so the salt is helping melt the snow and ice.

Crews started working on the residential streets about midnight on Monday.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison has received more than three inches of snow so plow crews will being plowing residential streets beginning at midnight.

Here's the 9 p.m. update from Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley:

The City of Madison has declared a Snow Emergency.  Snow accumulations will exceed 3" in Madison.  We will begin plowing of all residential streets in the City of Madison at Midnight.  We will have approximately 180 pieces of equipment working to plow all streets.  It usually takes 10 to 12 hours to complete a general plowing.

We currently have 32 crews out working on salt routes.  The salt is slowly starting to take effect but our efforts are hampered by colder than normal pavement temperatures.  We will continue to work on our salt routes during the evening.

In addition to working on all residential streets and our salt routes, we will be assigning staff to work on City owned sidewalks, priority crosswalks, and arterial bike paths on Monday.

The morning commute will be slower than normal and drivers are urged to use caution.  You should allow extra time to get to your destination.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's plow crews are out on the streets clearing them of snow and applying salt and brine.

Here's the plowing plan as of 5 p.m., according to Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley:

The Streets Division applied salt brine to our main streets in advance,of today's snowfall in an effort to prevent snow from bonding to the pavement., We also had crews out on our 32 salt routes as soon as the snow began., Unfortunately, the very cold weather of the previous week had dropped pavement temperatures and the brine and salt have not been as effective as we would have liked., This has resulted in slippery conditions on many streets and generally poor driving conditions.

Drivers are urged to use caution when venturing out this evening., Drive slow, allow extra stopping distance and be especially careful when approaching intersections as well as on hills and curves.

We will continue to work on our salt routes, applying salt and brine as well as plowing those streets., We currently are planning to bring in an new shift of 32 operators to continue to run our salt routes at midnight., This shift will operate through the morning rush hour to get main roads as clear as possible for the morning commute., With snow forecast to continue through most of the evening hours, drivers should plan to get an earlier than normal start to their morning drive., You should allow extra time to get to your destination and drive with caution.

Later this evening we will be evaluating conditions to determine if a general plowing of residential streets is necessary., It is predicted that total snow accumulation will approach 3" which is our threshold for a general plowing., Snowfall totals may vary across the City of Madison and we will have to take that into account when making our decision on a general plowing., If a snow emergency will be declared we will do so before 9 p.m..

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