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Alder Arvina Martin

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Council Vice President

Alder Arvina Martin,
Council Vice President

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Home Address:

4901 Waukesha Street
Madison , WI 53705

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Martin’s Blog

Snow Plowing Updates January 30, 2021

January 30, 2021 7:32 PM

*The following is an update from the Streets Department*

It's another snowy weekend in Madison, and the Streets Division plows will be out. 
This storm will disrupt travel tonight and commuting through Madison will remain very difficult throughout the day on Sunday. It is expected to start snowing sometime in the early evening today and then not stop until sometime Sunday afternoon.
Snowfall is expected to be fairly heavy at times, reducing visibility. Higher winds could lead to blowing or drifting issues on roads that border farm fields, like Pleasant View Road on the far west side, and on roads near the lakes. Also, this is expected to be a heavier, wetter snow than recent events, which can make snow-covered roads a little more slippery – and make snow more difficult to shovel.
Once the snow begins to stick to the roads later this afternoon, trucks will be out plowing and applying salt to the main thoroughfares. These are the roads used by Madison Metro and other critical parts of our transportation network, such as roads around hospitals. Trucks will be looping through these areas again and again the entire time it is snowing.
Travel will be difficult for the reasons noted above.  Even with plows servicing the salt routes, during active snowfalls they will become covered again with snow and become slippery. If you must be out during this storm, make good choices. Allow for extra travel time. Give yourself plenty of room to stop so you do not slide into other cars or through intersections. Be slow. Be patient. Be alert.
Residential streets will be snow-covered. These roads are not plowed until there is three or more inches of snow on the road and the storm is at or near its end. As you travel through neighborhoods or other low traffic areas be prepared to encounter snow-covered streets.
Forecasts predict this storm will produce enough snow that will trigger a full citywide plowing event. However, at this time, no decision has been made when or if a citywide plowing operation will commence.
Streets Division staff will continue to monitor the roads and the weather. Future updates will be provided as operations adjust, and if a citywide plowing operation gets underway.


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