Citywide plowing effort may take 12 hours or more; residents urged to be patient

Madison snow plows
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MADISON, Wis. — City of Madison officials said crews will start plowing all city streets starting at 3 p.m. following Friday morning’s snowfall; efforts are likely to extend through the night and into the early morning.

Snow emergency parking rules will be in place Saturday and Sunday evenings as crews continue to clear the roadways. Residents are asked to choose off-street parking wherever possible. Any drivers who find themselves outside of the snow emergency zone should still follow alternate-side parking rules this weekend, regardless of weather conditions.

In a post shared on the city’s website, Streets Superintendent Charlie Romines said Streets Division crews have been on the city’s salt routes since 3 a.m. Those same crews will remain on the salt routes as long as needed before they join the citywide plowing effort around 3 p.m.

A total of 150 pieces of equipment will be deployed to clear roads, sidewalks, bus stops and alleyways. Workers with the city’s Parks, Forestry and Engineering departments will help Streets Division crews with their work.

Drivers are encouraged to drive slow, be patient and stay alert as crews work to clear the roads.

Roadways will likely remain slippery throughout the afternoon due to pavement temperatures above freezing and multiple inches of snow. Sections of the city’s main roadways have improved since the morning, but slick patches remain in some areas.

City officials also asked the public for patience as citywide plowing efforts take time. With nearly 1,800 miles of lanes to clear, plowing work can take between 12 and 14 hours. Because crews will be plowing during the daytime, drivers are asked to give plows plenty of space during the evening commute.

When it comes to sidewalks, Madison residents have until noon on Saturday to remove snow and ice from those on their properties.

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