City of Milwaukee DPW prepared for what winter has to offer

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Department of Public Works says not to be fooled by the recent mild temperatures – winter is coming!

On Friday morning, December 7th, Department of Public Works (DPW) Fleet Operations and Environmental Services staff members were busy preparing various pieces of equipment used to plow snow from and spread salt on Milwaukee streets.

Officials say if there is a substantial snowfall during the season, they can deploy nearly 400 pieces of equipment to clear the streets and alleys in Milwaukee. That includes 108 salt trucks -- each which can carry 12,000 or more of salt.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the mild winter has been good for the city's snow removal budget. In 2012, the city allocated $7.9 million for snow removal. About $5.4 million has been used to date. That leaves $2.5 million for snow removal for the reason of December. In years past, the entire budget has been blown by the middle of the month.

Mayor Barrett encourages all the city residents to refamiliarize themselves with the winter parking regulations. They went into effect as of December 1st. CLICK HERE to read more about those parking regulations.

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