Crews work overnight to make morning commute "half-way decent" for drivers

CREATED Feb. 26, 2013

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KENOSHA - In assembly line fashion, plows waited to refill with salt in the City of Kenosha with five and a half inches of snow on the ground, and counting, Tuesday night.

The city Public Works Department will have all hands on board at midnight with 50 plows out. By the time the morning commute rolls around, City of Kenosha streets should be “half-way decent.” according to John Prijic with the Department of Public Works.

“Main roads should be fine," he said. "Half the residential will be plowed and by noon the entire city will be done.”

But getting home Tuesday night was ugly. Mike Miller made the drive from Milwaukee, where he works.

“The snow was packed, it was icy,” said Miller.

And the drive on I-94 was long and slow.

“Normally it takes me about 45 minutes," he said. "It took me an hour-and-a-half; never got over 30 miles an hour on 94.”

In Kenosha County, the sheriff’s department pulled 45 cars from the ditch before 5:30 p.m. Crashes on county roads left six people hurt.

Further south was just as bad, if not worse. Sheila Dissmore made the drive home to Kenosha from Lincolnshire, Illinois.

The roads added another hour to her drive. Still, Sheila said she’s not complaining.

“I think its fun! Snowmobiling with the car -- I’m all for it,” she said with a laugh.