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Alder Sheri Carter

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Alder Sheri Carter

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Home Address:

3009 Ashford Ln

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 Carter’s Updates

Salt Route Reductions

November 24, 2020 10:42 AM

For the winter of 2020/2021, the Streets Division will reduce the overall length of the salt route network by roughly 7% total. Approximately 65 miles of Madison streets that had been salted in winter's past will not be salted for this winter.

Salt has terrible side effects on our environment. While it helps make our roads clear from snow, it ends up in our waterways, including our drinking water. By contracting the salt routes, we expect to save just under 15 tons of salt per storm. By winter's end, this could mean hundreds of tons of salt kept off Madison roads. And this means hundreds of tons of salt kept out of our water.

The Streets Division reviewed all of the roads that receive salt this fall and found areas where salt use could be curtailed. We found some places where we could temporarily hold off on applying salt, and we also found places that we could permanently remove from the salt route network of streets.

Temporary Removals - Madison Metro School District (MMSD):  Since Madison's public schools are virtual only until at least the middle of January, this means the streets around the schools will be not be used by parents dropping off or picking up their children or driven on by school buses. Therefore, these streets will not be salted.  Once school resumes in-person instruction, these roads will be salted again.

Temporary Removals - Metro Bus Routes:  Madison Metro adjusted their routes temporarily in response to the pandemic. If Madison Metro uses a street for their buses, it becomes part of the salt route network. With their service reduced, that means certain streets will not need to be salted for the buses. However, once Metro service returns to these roads, they will once again be treated like a salt route.

Permanent Removals:  In reviewing the salt routes this year, we located areas that no longer meet the criteria to be a salt route. These segments of roads have been removed from the salt routes permanently.

All of the streets removed from the salt route designation will be treated like other residential streets. They will be plowed when three or more inches of snow has accumulated on the roads and the storm is at or near its end. And since they will not be salted, these areas are likely to be snow-covered throughout the winter.

Salt Route Changes for 2020-2021:  

Temporary (MMSD)

  • Cypress Way from W. Badger Rd to Sequoia Trl
  • Sequoia Trail from Cypress Way to Hackberry Ln
  • Hackberry Lane from Sequoia Trl to Magnolia Ln


  • Sequoia Trail from Hackberry Ln to Catalpa Rd
  • Catalpa Road from W. Badger Rd to Fish Hatchery Rd
    • Intersection of Catalpa and Fish Hatchery will be sanded
  • Magnolia Lane from Catalpa Rd to Cypress Way
  • Traceway Drive from Post Rd to Greenway Cross
  • McDivitt Road from Todd Dr to the dead end
  • Nygard Street from N. Rusk Ave to Sundstrom St
  • Sundstrom St from Nygard St to Koster St
  • Hoboken Road from Lake Point Dr to Waunona Way
  • Fayette Avenue from W. Broadway to Waunona Way
  • Frazier Avenue from W. Broadway to Waunona Way
  • Esther Beach Road from Nana Ln to Waunona Way
  • Greenleaf Drive from Waunona Way to Ethelwyn Rd
  • Ethelwyn Road from Nana Ln / Harriman Ln to Waunona Way
  • Harriman Ln from Nana Ln to Waunona Way
  • Waunona Way from Harriman Ln to Hoboken Rd

For more information: City of Madison-Winter and How We Plow The Roads


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