Edgewood Place, between Reddin Road and North Avenue, will be closed to through traffic due to a utility service repair by Water & Light, beginning today at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019 and is expected to re-open at 3:00 p.m. the same day.
Due to inclement weather continuing, Witter and Robinson ice ponds will be closed Wednesday, February 20th.
Here is this afternoon’s snow removal update:
Staff was called in to start working on highways and arterials by 3:30 am Tuesday morning and plowing operations started at 4:30 am this morning. The rest of the crew began clearing residential streets at 7:00 am. As long as we don’t experience any significant equipment problems we should complete that activity by 5:00 pm.
We will continue to patrol highways and arterials into the evening (7-8:00 pm) when snow is expected to taper off. At that point we expect to send everyone home to get a brief rest (and get their own driveways shoveled out).
By 11:00 am this morning we had 9” of snow and it continues to fall. Forecasts vary, so the next few days could be challenging for everyone.
We are planning to bring in a full complement of staff to perform another complete snow plowing operation beginning at 12:00 midnight tonight. Intersection sanding/salting will continue thereafter. With a snow emergency in effect, please do not park on the streets so we can get them cleared.
We will work on pulling snow out downtown as soon as possible. At this time I would estimate it will be early next week before we can get to that.
The snow banks on the boulevards are high enough that the snow coming off of the plows is starting to narrow the streets, so be cautious driving and parking. Residents can help by shoveling sidewalk snow into their yards instead of the boulevards. Please note that City ordinance prohibits blowing snow back into the streets.
Staff are working hard to get the streets clear, and it can be extremely difficult for them to see everything, so whether you are driving, walking, or shoveling your driveway or sidewalk please assume they do not see you and for everyone’s safety please stay well clear of the equipment.
Thank you all for your patience.
Joseph M. Terry, P.E.
Director of Public Works
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zachary Vruwink Announces Coffee Schedule
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zachary J. Vruwink has scheduled discussion sessions at local establishments. These serve as an opportunity to meet the Mayor, learn about current topics such as aquatic center project, garbage and recycling collection, redevelopment projects, or any items residents wish to discuss. Upcoming dates and locations include:
1. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 8:30am-9:30am at the Lowell Senior Center, located at 220 3rd Avenue S Ste 3 in Wisconsin Rapids;
2. Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00am-9:30am at Dunkin Donuts, located at 2121 8th St S in Wisconsin Rapids.
The purpose of the sessions is to inform and provide an opportunity for public feedback to the Mayor; everyone is invited. Call 715-421-8216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CURRENT PARKS & RECREATION CANCELLATIONS:
- Coed Volleyball at EJH for Thursday, Feb. 7 has been cancelled.
- Ice ponds (Witter & Robinson) are closed today, Feb. 7.
Stay up to date on cancellations at Wisconsin Rapids Parks & Recreation Facebook page.