As a resident of Madison, I’m appalled at the condition of major arterials like John Nolen Drive after the recent massive snow storm. I had the pleasure of driving on the road on Thursday and found it to be an ice skating rink with dangerous ruts negatively impacting transportation on this major gateway into and out of the capital city. The city seems to have failed in a major task of clearing the major roads the provide transit options for visitors, commuters and residents alike.
Former Mayor Paul Soglin on his blog, Waxing America, let’s the city have it on their snow removal policies claiming the following:
“The snow packed and treacherous streets that commuters faced on Thursday morning were not the result of the depth and weight of the storm but a series of conscious decisions made over recent years.”
He attributes the problems to a lack of equipment commensurate with the city’s growth, a reduction in the use of salt and ill advised cost cutting to save taxes at the expense of higher costs for those impacted by traffic accidents, delayed traffic, greater CO2 emissions, publc safety risks and back-ups in public transit.
With my taxes approaching five figures, I’d expect to see the city perform this task more efficiently.