posted January 17, 2017 4:28 AM
Icy conditions will make the Tuesday morning commute treacherous, so everyone must use extraordinary care on the roads. Yesterday's rain has frozen to the roads meaning streets, sidewalks, and paths are all slippery. Hills, curves, and intersections will also be slick. If you need to be on the roads this morning, please give yourself ample time to get to your destination. Stay alert and stay slow. You will need extra stopping distance this morning in order to stay safe.
The Streets Division has had crews on throughout the night applying sand to residential areas to assist with traction. When the roads began to freeze overnight, more crews were called in to treat all of the salt routes plus some additional operators were brought in to help continue the sanding efforts in residential areas. As a reminder, salt routes are the only streets in Madison that are treated with salt. These are the major thoroughfares, Madison Metro bus routes, and roads around schools and hospitals.
Even with the crews working throughout the night, slick conditions remain in many areas so everyone traveling in the city should be cautious on the roads. And that's worth repeating. Be cautious on the roads this morning. Ice is difficult for all vehicles, including ours. The morning commute will be challenging, so be slow, be patient, and be safe.
Streets Division staff will monitor the roads throughout the day and future updates will be provided as conditions merit.
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