As the population in Dane County continues to grow, the amount of roads that will receive 24-hour plowing attention this winter grows with it.
County officials said they will be adding 46 miles of county roads to the 24-hour routes. Those roads include large and heavily traveled stretches of county roads M, Q and PD.
?What we find is as the community grows, county roads which used to be more rural end up being either right in urban areas or linking various urban areas,? Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.
The added 46 miles of road to be plowed 24 hours a day during snowy conditions impacts the county budget, but also increases public safety.
?The very fundamental job of government is public safety and it doesn?t get much more basic than plowing the roads,? Parisi said.
The added hours of plowing county roads also reflects the changing traffic patterns the county is seeing.