Marathon Co. Highway Dept. Begins Preparing Roads for Winter Weather

By: Colin Mayfield Email
By: Colin Mayfield Email
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Parts of north central Wisconsin could see snowfall Wednesday, and that mean area highway departments will be getting ready.

The Marathon County Highway Department services all of the lettered county highways and numbered state highways. And when it snows their job is to salt those roads.

Usually crews try to reduce the amount of ice and liquids that often build up, but this winter to increase safety.. Marathon County is increasing their use of liquids.

"We use salt brine”, Explain Operations Superintendent, Dan Raczkowski. “We'll spray bridges for frost.”

Along with the salt brine, crews are installing equipment on plows that will help the salt they put on roads, work quicker, and more efficiently.
"We use pre-wets on our patrol trucks and plow trucks, adding more of those to add liquids to salt and helps the salt work faster and also to stay on the road,” He says.

With winter just around corner the the last part of the winter preparation begins next week. Raczkowski says that's when drivers will be attending meetings on snow plowing for the winter ahead.

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