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Milwaukee, Waukesha & Washington Counties are prepping the roads to keep you safe

Posted at 5:27 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 18:27:58-05

WEST BEND — Conditions are only expected to get worse Tuesday night, especially the further west you go.

We spoke to plow workers in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties who all have the same warning before you drive tonight: Be Patient, and let these giant plows do their jobs.

More than 30 have been out all day treating the roads in the city of Waukesha alone.

Meanwhile in West Bend, the entire fleet for Washington County is gearing up for an ugly commute. They have been prepping the roads with anti-icing trucks.

“So if you see the stripes out on the roads that would be our brine truck laying down some salt brine to prevent that sticking and freezing on the roadway,” said assistant highway commissioner for Washington County Highway Department Joshua Glass.

The brine is a salt mix, that prevents the snow melt from freezing.

In Milwaukee, sanitation workers showed us their new technology which can make 14,000 gallons of brine in a matter of hours. Milwaukee Sanitation worker Alan Kerr says they plan to use it Tuesday night adding, “It also causes the ice to form at a much lower temperature. With using the brine we’ve reduced the salt by more than a quarter,” which saves the city money.

Kerr also hopes you will also help them save time by giving trucks space to do their jobs, “Be patient with the amount of service we can give at this time with COVID.”

Click here to see current winter road conditions in Southeast Wisconsin.

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