City of Madison behind on street clean-up after winter months - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

City of Madison behind on street clean-up after winter months


MADISON (WKOW) -- The City of Madison says they're behind on cleaning up the streets after winter.

Sand and debris has piled up in the city and it's taking more time than expected to clean-up. The Madison Streets Division runs double shifts with their street sweepers in an effort to pick up the 11,000 tons of sand that was deposited on the streets during the winter months.

City of Madison Recycling Coordinator, George Dreckmann says as of earlier this week they had only picked up 1,500 tons. Dreckmann says because the thaw was delayed after winter, it has taken the City of Madison longer than expected to get things done.

They're working two shifts, one during the day and another overnight, to make sure the streets are cleaned up as quickly as possible.

"Right now, we're about halfway through our first round of sweeping in the entire city. Normally, at this time we would have completed a full round and started on the second round," says Dreckmann.

Dreckmann explains where the sand and debris goes once it's picked up off the street.

"We take the material to a transfer station on Olin Avenue and there it's run through a screen to sift out all the cigarette butts and things like that. We then use the sand to fill in empty land," says Dreckmann.

Dreckmann says some people are surprised when the street sweeper comes out in the middle of the night to clean the streets, but he says don't be alarmed. They will operate a third shift through the month of April.

Dreckmann says it's important to keep your cars off the streets during the night, so crews can clean-up everything from the curbs.

Click here for more information from the City of Madison.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at