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Plows tackling main roads, trick-or-treat delays side street clearing

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MADISON (WKOW) — Madison plows are focused on improving the city’s main thoroughfares and are waiting to tackle the side streets and neighborhoods until after trick-or-treating ends.

Plow drivers began preparing roads around midnight Thursday, said Bryan Johnson, a Madison Streets Division spokesperson. By that time, snowflakes were already hitting the pavement.

The priority now, according to Johnson, is improving conditions on Madison’s main roadways.

“That’s where most of the traffic is going to be,” he said. “That’s what people rely on to go to and from work, so we have to keep those open.”

Most neighborhoods will not see plows until around midnight Friday because crews are concerned about the dangers the large trucks may pose to children out trick-or-treating.

“Before we jump into the neighborhood streets, we should wait until all the kids aren’t walking around in the neighborhood in dark costumes and things like that to avoid potential conflicts there,” Johnson said.

Officials are reminding people to give plows plenty of room on roads so drivers can clear the snow safely.

If you’re in the City of Madison and have a sidewalk in front of your home, that will have to be cleared by noon Friday or you could face a $124 fine.

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