MKE Public Works prepares for first measurable snowfall

Milwaukee Public Works crews are preparing for the first measurable snowfall of the season. DPW has already applied salt brine to city bridges, overpasses and most main streets. 

Since just one to two inches of snow is in the forecast for Friday night, don’t expect the roads to be plowed. The city will send out more than 100 salt trucks once the snow starts to fall. 

Wisconsin Department of Transportation is also preparing to monitor the roads extra closely from the Traffic Management Center in downtown Milwaukee. That’s where they’re able to pull up 400 different cameras located around the state to spot incidents such as accidents or pile-ups. WIS-DOT reminds drivers to take it slow on the roads Friday night as there’s an inevitable learning curve to commuting in winter conditions. 

“I think it’s important people realize their following distance and their breaking,” said Traffic Operations Manager Brian DeNeve. “Often, people will break too late and cause rear-end collisions or pile-ups. Those things can be prevented. Also, don’t get overconfident in your vehicle, even if it’s a 4-wheel drive vehicle and in addition to that, clear all snow before you even leave.”

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