GB residents concerned about icy streets

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 02/24 2014 04:13PM

Updated 02/24 2014 07:22PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Our frigid temperatures are causing quite an icy build-up on some city streets. That has some Green Bay residents raising concerns over safety.

"If I were an ice fisherman, that'd be one thing," said Peter Beth. "But this is a city street."

Beth is concerned about Kennedy Drive.

"You can see this is really solid," he said, pointing at the ice in the road.

It's his first winter living on the west side street and he said all of the ice is upsetting.

"There are no sidewalks in the neighborhood," he explained. "So when the kids get let out from school and the school bus drops them or get off the city bus, they have to walk on this."

Because of budget constraints, public works officials said residential roads are only plowed if there are more than two inches of snow and they're rarely salted. So build ups on streets do occur often.

"If anyone has a concern about their street, by all means, we're here," said Chris Pirlot, Operations Director for Green Bay Public Works. "Let us know about it."

Pirlot said, in between snowfalls, they do their best to clear the streets. But it takes time and patience.

"In a perfect world," he said. "We would love all clear and dry streets but you have to prioritize and spend your money as effectively as possible because there's only so much money and so much materials available to deal with it."

That doesn't give Peter Beth much peace of mind.

"I think until the temperature gets close to melting, 30 degrees," he added. "This is what we're going to put up with."

Besides scrapping streets, public works crews are also putting down sand for traction. Anything they can do until Mother Nature decides to help speed up the process.

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