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Street crews hope to have snow cleared by morning commute

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison hopes to have all streets cleared by the morning commute.

They've been working hard through the night clearing the roads and sidewalks.

Additional snow plow crews started work at midnight and about 3:00 a.m. on Friday there were about 150 pieces of equipment on the city streets clearing the roads and sidewalks. They hope to have all the city streets cleared by 7:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. on Friday.

The Streets Department confirms, as of right now, they will not declare a snow emergency.

Street Machine Operator Mike Huser, has been working through the night clearing the sidewalks. He says they will cut the street plow crews nearly in half later this morning when the streets are mostly cleared.

"As soon as the plow is done we will have probably about 50 or 60 total pieces of equipment, that's when we can do clean up work," says Huser. "We will apply sand and salt. Salt to the main roads and sand to the side streets."

Some of the problem for crews is the ponding of water on city streets. Huser says there is still some standing water, but he encourages those living by a drain to try and keep it open to alleviate the problem.

Once the streets are mostly cleared, and salt and sand have been applied, crews will spend late morning and early afternoon doing any additional touch ups.

The City of Madison Streets Department says to take it slow on the roads this morning, especially for the morning commute.

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