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Highway crews and officials keep an eye on changing road conditions


Sunday morning started off busy for Marathon County Highway crews. Officials came in early to organize a plan to try to keep roads safe.

"I like getting the trucks in a little early to start laying salt down before it gets too bad, because they've got to drive on it too," said John Bangart.

Using a team of 36 trucks across Marathon County, highway maintenance crews prepared to clear roads.

"They should be able to keep up once they get that first beat of salt down, if it keeps raining, it'll keep refreezing," said Bangart.

Officials said as the storm moved in, the conditions got worse, leading to plenty of slide-ins.

"Where the snow you might be able to get a little bit of traction, but on ice, no one gets traction, four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, it doesn't matter," said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Rich Reichenberger.

Wood County Sheriff's officials said they saw plenty of crashes and slick spots, and warned drivers to stay off the roads.

"I just saw somebody skid through the intersection here on 54, so all the roads are pretty slippery at this point," said Wood County Deputy Sheriff, Adam Berry.

Ice has kept crews busy across the region as they work to keep up with changing conditions.

"They can only go so fast and on ice they've got to go slower, so they don't get themselves out of control," said Bangart.

Officials said with a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow, it's important for drivers to pay attention to the roads.

"When you start to see that on your windshield, and at these temperatures, it's going to freeze on the road and turn to ice, just slow down a little bit and give yourself some time," said Reichenberger.

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