Spring Snow Storm Makes Slick Road Conditions

Public Works Departments were out yet again to make sure that ice didn't stay on the roads and they're just as tired of the weather as the rest of us.

"We're using up a lot of supplies that usually don't use as much on a given year," said Rothschild Public Works Supervisor, Ray Delong. "So really, that's the only bad thing, that and we're just getting tired of doing it. It wears on you."

The constant use of these snow plows has put a lot of wear on the machines and workers, but thankfully in Rothschild, salt supply has not been a problem.

"There are times where we mix some of our salt with sand, so that stretches out the salt supply a lot longer. There's been times where we did not put down as much salt as we normally do," Delong said.

They have about 90 tons of salt left, but usually use about 20 tons after this kind of snowfall, but drivers still need to be wary.

"Even though it's spring, we're still not in good driving weather and we can probably expect more of this in the coming weeks until the snow is gone," said Marathon County Patrol Lieutenant, Mark Wagers.

He said many of the crashes he has seen this season aren't with small vehicles, but larger trucks or semis.

"A lot of times they over estimate their weight displacement on their tires and they think they have more traction than what they actually do, and as a result, they'll slide just like anybody else," Wagers said.

He also is reminding drivers to keep a further distance from other cars, especially semis in this weather, turn off the cruise control while driving so you can feel the road, and be vigilant of the current road conditions.


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