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February 29, 2008


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Peter Gruett

I notice the city has hauled away some snow on busier downtown streets anyway. Where's it going?


Northern Wisconsin or Yucca Mtn.??


Keep an eye on it or it will disappear on its own.

Matt B

Apparently, a few years back Philadelphia had an especially snowy winter. As you might imagine, there isn't a lot of free space in Philly, but two large rivers flow in/around it, so plows dumped everything into the water. No problem, right? Eventually, so much snow fell, and the air was cold enough that an ice dam formed in one of them, causing flooding as the river above the dam spilled over the banks. Gnarly.


I have an idea. This amount of snow in Madison is not that common but it is in such cities a Superior, Marquette, MI, Green Bay, Buffalo, NY, etc.

Madison officials should contact their counterparts in these cities and get some ideas. What a novel concept, trying to learn from others who have learned what works and what doesn't. I moved here from the U.P. and what I have found most striking is how little this city knows about treating winter roadways. But, I think they are all to proud to ask and learn from others, so the rest of us must deal with their incompetencies.

Even a former mayor couldn't come up with a reasonable idea. Sheesh!


It's March. The solution to this "problem", like many others, is patience.


I've been too distracted by the Southwest bicycle path being left in
an ice covered and hazardous condition for 13 of the last 14 working
days to notice any other winter road maintenance issues.

The first priority should be keeping all the road surfaces safe
for moving traffic by plowing and applying sand and salt as needed.
Once that is done, if there is time and money left to transport
plowed snow elsewhere, it would probably be most appropriate for
it to be taken where the melt water could flow into a rainwater
treatment system. Taking care of ice on the road surface which
is a hazard to moving traffic is more important than relocating
piles of snow which are mainly an inconvenience to people who would
like to park.

I'm willing to wait for spring for the piles of snow by the side of the road
to melt in place, but I can't say the same about the ice that remains on the
roads for weeks after every storm.

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