Winter Weather Update: March 1, 2007

March 1, 2007

Madison - With warmer weather and rain in the forecast for today, City workers are focusing their efforts on sanding and salting operations and clearing stormwater inlets. Workers are also continuing to clear snow that is reducing visibility at intersections and corners and clearing snow from bus stops and crosswalks.

Despite the heavy workload related to storm cleanup, Streets crews are also continuing their regular jobs of garbage and recycling pickup.

Due to the mixed precipitation this morning, with more expected today and tomorrow, the Streets Division has about 30 vehicles treating Madison streets with sand and salt. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution traveling on roadways throughout the region today and tomorrow.

City Engineering continues to clear storm inlets in the streets to reduce the chance of localized flooding from melting snow and rainfall. Engineering is sending crews out on a complaint basis and also systematically working on low-lying areas of the city to make sure key storm inlets are free of snow.

Meanwhile, Parks staff continues to work on clearing City parks sidewalks and walkways. Some of this work was delayed, due to Parks staff being "loaned" to other agencies to assist with more critical cleanup work.

To report flooding, contact City Engineering at (608) 266-4430 or through the Report-a-Problem Web site at http://www.cityofmadison.com/reportAProblem.

Residents and businesses with questions or concerns about their street conditions (including both snow removal and potholes) can contact the Streets Division at 246-4532 (East), or 266-4681 (West), or via the Report-a-Problem Web site.

City of Madison Streets, Parks, City Engineering, and Mayor's Office staff continue to coordinate the response to ongoing weather conditions. The City of Madison includes some 750 miles of streets and 1,700 total lane miles.

"Mixed precipitation may lead to dangerous driving conditions throughout our region," said Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. "Please use caution when driving. Please also continue to report any dangerous conditions or flooding that you see, and City workers will respond as quickly as possible."

Contact:
  • George Twigg, Mayor's Office, (608) 266-4611
  • Al Schumacher, Streets Superintendent, (608) 266-4680
  • Kathy Cryan, City Engineering, (608) 266-4430