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Road crews race to clean streets when winter wx hits


When the roads get bad, plow drivers head out, sometimes getting called in the middle of the night to work long hours. That was the case early Wednesday morning when the storm hit.

"We can not leave it," said Gary Carr. "We've got to get everybody home."

Carr is a highway patroller for Marathon County. He took us on a stretch of highway 29 outside Wausau. He says the job's not done until the roads are safe to drive on.

"There isn't a patrolman that works here that doesn't take their section personally," said Carr. "They don't want to see anybody hurt"

Working the roads this year is extra special for Carr. He plans on retiring after this winter, to spend more time with his family. Carr says he's been with the highway department for 35 years. And he's seen his fair share of Wisconsin winter weather. But until he decides to shut down his career, he'll be patrolling the same stretch of road when storms hit

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