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Madison plow drivers working long hours

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After three days of snowplow drivers say they're working around the clock to keep roads clear.

Night after night, Madison's plow teams have been cleaning the couple inches of snow that built up with the past snowfalls.

Bryan Johnson with the city Streets Divison says many workers have been wracking up 16-hour days.

"The same people are out collecting the trash and recycling from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. then they're hopping in a plow truck and working 3 p.m. to midnight or going home going to bed coming back to work midnight to seven to start picking up trash and recycling 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the next day," he said.

Plow teams haven't gotten to every road in Madison yet, but are planning on another overnight shift Friday to take care of it.

While all these long shifts are stacking up, officials say it's what staff signed up for.

"When they sign up for Streets Division jobs they know going in, there will be times when you're missing children's birthdays, you're missing certain holidays because our job is to keep these roads safe in the winter," Johnson said. "So yeah, some times it gets tiring working these 16 hour days but they know that coming in."

While he's not out there driving the plow trucks, Johnson says he's only had one day off in nearly two weeks.

So he says it's not just the truck drivers affected.

"We have staff in the office as well that's trying to answer questions from the public that comes up or they're working with the contractors that we have to use," Johnson said. "So they too are pulling long hours."

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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