I attended (or heard about) two town meetings this week; both were heavily attended by people complaining about the ice pack on the roads**. Crews cannot do anything about the ice until it warms up; salt is ineffective until temps are above 0˚F (or so), and plows cannot scrape it up because everything is frozen solid. The state highways are clear because the county highway department maintains them (remember the cheese brine?***), but all the other rural roads are solid ice.
* Technically, this is a town road. We do not have townships in Wisconsin; we have towns, which are the non-municipal rural areas and are typically six miles square.
** One constituent complained about a particular corner in his area. "You guys NEVER do a good job of clearing that corner. I have slid off the road there four times!" Er, maybe problem is not the road, sir?
*** A crew from CNN Chicago was here at the highway department this week to get a story about the cheese brine. If you are awake at 2am some night soon, you may get to see it.