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Winter Plowing Information

 

The Highway Department plows all State and County highways.  State highways are numbered routes such as Interstate 39, STH 23, STH 82, STH 22, and STH 73.  County highways are lettered routes such as CTH M, CTH F, CTH E and CTH B.  The Highway Department currently has service agreements to plow the town roads in Buffalo, Crystal Lake, Douglas, Harris, Montello, Moundville, Neshkoro, Newton, Oxford, Packwaukee, Shields, Springfield, and Westfield.  Town roads are named such as Evergreen Road, Duck Creek Ave, and 17th Road.  The city, villages, and the Town of Mecan are responsible for their own plowing.

Hours of coverage during storms vary by the category of the state road.  The state has 5 categories of road winter service.

Category 2 roads receive 24-hour service.

This road is:  I 39 from Columbia County line to the Waushara County line.  Highways in this category typically do not have the traffic congestion and snow storage problems of those in category.  However, they still have high traffic volumes that make it necessary to focus on more than just the driving lanes during the winter storm event.  On this highway, the highway department will attempt to maintain the driving lanes, ramps, and passing lanes equally during the winter storm event.  Plowing is the first priority for snow removal.  The highway department will strive to keep the snow from packing on the driving lanes, ramps, and passing lanes during the winter storm event. Only enough de-icing agents will be used to keep the total accumulation workable, thereby minimizing bonding during the winter storm event.  It is considered inappropriate to attempt to melt the snow as fast as it hits the ground or keep the highway wet so as to eliminate any accumulation or packing. If packing should occur, the highway department will continue to plow and use sensible salting.  When the winter storm event ends and conditions allow, the highway department will remove any packed snow and continue working towards the goals of bare/wet and ultimately bare/dry pavement.

Category 4 and 5 roads receive coverage from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The category 4 and 5 roads in Marquette County are STH 23, STH 82, STH 22, and STH 73.  These highways receive 18-hour coverage, during the winter storm event.  On these highways, the highway department will maintain the driving lanes, during the winter storm event.  Plowing is the first priority for snow removal.  The highway department will strive to keep the snow from packing on the driving lanes during the winter storm event.  Only enough de-icing agents will be used to keep the total accumulation workable, thereby minimizing bonding during the winter storm event.  It is considered inappropriate to attempt to melt the snow as fast as it hits the ground or keep the highway wet so as to eliminate any accumulation or packing, if packing should occur, the highway department will continue to plow and use sensible salting.  When the winter storm event ends and conditions allow, service providers will remove any packed snow and continue working towards the goals of bare/wet and ultimately bare/dry pavement, during normal work hours (including Saturdays and Sundays). 

During the time between the winter storm event ending and achieving the ultimate goal of bare pavement…it is acceptable that only clear wheel tracks be provided when conditions warrant.

For all County Highways,

Marquette County will strive for “passable roadways” and “bare pavement” conditions as the storm warrants during normal work hours using plowing methods and sensible salting.  The winter maintenance on county highways is from 4am to 6pm and emergency service from 6pm to 4am.  County Park boat landings and parking lots will be plowed during regular service hours and only after all clean-up has occurred on the highways or when time permits.

 

The Town roads we plow are covered by the service agreements that are currently in place. 

Due to the severity of the storm and for the safety of our drivers, there may be times during coverage periods that plows will be pulled from the road.  Priority will be given to maintain Category 2 roads passable if at all possible.

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