November 25, 2019
MILWAUKEE COUNTY CELEBRATES SNOWPLOW DRIVER APPRECIATION DAY
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) today celebrate Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day. Every winter season, Milwaukee County snowplow drivers maintain more than 2,300 miles of state highways, interstates and county trunk roads.
“Wisconsin is no stranger to winter weather, and our snowplow drivers work tirelessly to clear the streets and make sure our residents are safe, said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “Today we are proud to celebrate the men and women who work day in and day out to plow our streets and to make sure Milwaukee County keeps moving throughout the winter season.”
Milwaukee County snowplow drivers work in three shifts in inclement weather to ensure 24-hour coverage during storms. Drivers work twelve hour shifts and are on call seven days a week when snow or ice removal is necessary. All operators hold a current Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
“Our dedicated snowplow drivers work around the clock to keep our roads open and safe for residents, visitors and those passing through Milwaukee County,” said Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director Donna Brown-Martin. “We are well-prepared for whatever this winter brings, with our crews preparing to work hard to minimize the impact of snow and ice on our operations.”
Snowplows typically travel at less than 35 MPH to clear the roads. For road safety, it is recommended that motorists maintain slow and safe speeds and stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. Snowplows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure a driver’s vision, so it is recommended that motorists avoid passing as the road conditions in front of the plow will likely be worse. Passing is also dangerous because wing blades can often extend up to 10 feet beyond the width of the truck, and vehicles attempting to pass may inadvertently hit the snowplow.
The State of Wisconsin contracts with Milwaukee County and other county highway departments to provide plow and provide ice control on County Trunk highways, all state and US-numbered highways and the Interstate system. Milwaukee County runs more than 100 plow drivers and more than 45 trucks to maintain the roads during inclement weather.
On average, Wisconsin has had more than thirty-five inclement weather events every winter season in recent history. Winter maintenance operations throughout the season will be updated on MCDOT social media feeds on Twitter @MKECountyHwy and Facebook page Milwaukee County Highway Maintenance Division at https://www.facebook.com/milwaukeecountyhighwaymaintenancedivision/.