Alder Sheri Carter,
Council Vice President
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Carter’s Updates
Snow Emergency and Snow Plowing
The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency today, February 12, 2019. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect tonight for the Snow Emergency Zone as well as the rest of the City of Madison. The snow emergency will remain in effect until at least 7 a.m. on February 14, 2019.
Depending on road conditions, the snow emergency may be extended beyond February 14.
The Streets Division encourages all residents to choose off-street parking options throughout the day on February 12 and reminds everyone to follow daytime parking rules as well as the overnight alternate side parking rules. Fewer obstacles in the road means plowing operations will be safer, faster, and more complete.
Individuals who park their vehicle in the Snow Emergency Zone overnight must abide by alternate side parking rules. Those who do not follow the alternate side parking rules may be ticketed and towed.
The Streets Division crews along with heavy equipment contractors will begin plowing all city streets on February 12 when the storm begins to end later this afternoon.
All Madison streets should have their initial plowing 14 to 16 hours after the citywide plowing begins in the afternoon. However, due to the severity of this storm and the heavy dense snow, it may take several more hours for all Madison roads to be cleared.
Parking on the Street Tonight (Tuesday 2/12/19 into early morning of Wednesday 2/13/19)
All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of February 12 into early morning of February 13) need to have their vehicles on the ODD house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison. Violators could also be towed.
Snow Emergency Towing in Effect -Click on the link below for vehicles in the listed areas within the Snow Emergency Zone that are found in violation of the alternate side parking ordinance will be ticketed and towed.
During tonight's portion of the snow emergency, when you park on the ODD side of the street as you should, that leaves an open lane of travel on the even side for the plows to push the snow all the way back to the curb.
And tomorrow night, for the second half of the snow emergency, parking on the EVEN side means plows can get to all the snow on the odd side that they could not the night before since of all the parked cars were there.
Citywide plowing operations will begin this afternoon when the storm subsides.
Madison streets are snow covered and will present challenging commuting conditions throughout most the day as plowing operations will not begin until the afternoon. If you must be on the roads, you will need to make good choices. Be slow, patient, and alert. Allow for ample travel time and stopping distance.
During the overnight hours, 32 Streets Division trucks looped through the salt route network plowing and salting where necessary.
Today, the normal deployment of 32 trucks continued their work on these routes, but an additional twenty-three plowing vehicles were dispatched to the salt routes through the day to keep up with the snowfall. These trucks will remain on these routes throughout the day until they can be rotated into the neighborhood streets to assist with plowing.
Plowing of all Madison streets curb-to-curb will begin this afternoon when the storm is at or near its end. Heavy equipment contractors, plus crews from Streets, Parks, and Engineering will work to plow each road within Madison.
When plowing begins, it will take 14 to 16 hours at least until all Madison streets have received their initial plowing. This is also a deep and heavy snow, so it may take additional time to plow because it will be heavier for the plows to push, which means they will be slower.
Since a citywide plowing will occur, Madison residents will receive snow in their driveway aprons as snow is pushed from the street to the curb. Since this is a dense, heavy snow, residents are reminded to take care when clearing it from the sidewalks and driveways. Take breaks and do not overexert yourself.
This will be a daytime plowing operation, which means those on the roads may encounter plowing equipment, so please remember to give them plenty of space to do their work. Also, it is common to encounter temporary windrows of snow blocking side streets as plows circle through neighborhoods to push the snow to the curb for each street.
Plowing operations will hopefully be completed by the start of the Wednesday morning commute. However, roadway users should still plan for encountering slippery roads, especially on neighborhood streets, and allow for extra travel time.
Streets staff will continue monitoring the roads and the weather. Stay tune!
Madison residents can get additional snow plowing and snow emergency information at www.cityofmadison.com/winter and addition winter parking information by calling 608-261-9111.
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