Getting ready for the snow

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Getting ready for the snow

By Charles Benson. CREATED Dec 12, 2013
Highways crews are preparing for more snow on Friday and hoping to avoid another situation like Sunday.

Timing is everything in a snow storm and Sunday's snow fall is a reminder of how fast things can go from bad to worse.

There were multiple pile ups in Racine, Milwaukee and Washington Counties.

"We are monitoring the situation," said Milwaukee County's Transportation Director about Friday's predicted snowfall.

Salt trucks and snow plows are ready to roll in Milwaukee County, it's all about being prepared.

"As long as we know it's coming, we are prepared," said Dranzik. "We get out there when we need to and we handle it."

The colder it is the longer it takes for the salt to work. So Dranzik says the game plan on Fridayis to drop it as early as possible so it can start working.

"I think the temperature is going to be a little bit different Friday versus the last storm event so hopefully it will work a little bit better."

Sunday's snow storm hit on a day when most people didn't have to be on the highways. That won't be the case on Friday.

Snow plows will be competing with people trying to get home to start their weekend.

"It may take a little bit longer to get things cleared because we are in traffic just like anybody else that's traveling at that point in time," said Dranzik.

Milwaukee County plans to have 50 trucks out on the highways tomorrow. So if you see one - move over - they're trying to make the roads safer.Highways crews are preparing for more snow on Friday and hoping to avoid another situation like Sunday.
Timing is everything in a snow storm and Sunday's snow fall is a reminder of how fast things can go from bad to worse.

There were multiple pile ups in Racine, Milwaukee and Washington Counties.

"We are monitoring the situation," said Milwaukee County's Transportation Director about Friday's predicted snowfall.

Salt trucks and snow plows are ready to roll in Milwaukee County, it's all about being prepared.

"As long as we know it's coming, we are prepared," said Dranzik. "We get out there when we need to and we handle it."

The colder it is the longer it takes for the salt to work. So Dranzik says the game plan on Friday is to drop it as early as possible so it can start working.

"I think the temperature is going to be a little bit different Friday versus the last storm event so hopefully it will work a little bit better."

Sunday's snow storm hit on a day when most people didn't have to be on the highways. That won't be the case on Friday.

Snow plows will be competing with people trying to get home to start their weekend.

"It may take a little bit longer to get things cleared because we are in traffic just like anybody else that's traveling at that point in time," said Dranzik.

Milwaukee County plans to have 50 trucks out on the highways tomorrow. So if you see one - move over - they're trying to make the roads safer.

 

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