GREEN BAY - Sunday's wintry weather made a mess of the roads, especially secondary and residential streets. Though it may have seemed like it, the roads weren't being ignored.
Local street superintendents and public works officials say they were paying very close attention to conditions.
They say there's more to caring for the roads than just plowing every time it snows.
Driving around Green Bay Monday, you might have noticed Sunday's snow and slush was still on many secondary streets.
But the city says it wasn't because of neglect.
The warmth for the start of the week played a big role in the decision not to plow, as most of it will melt off on its own.
And sometimes plowing can actually make roads even worse.
"The freezing rain played a big part in what we decided and why we chose not to plow and address it more in the morning, then after. I know it caused some slushy drives coming in, but personally, I think that it would have been worse had we have taken the snow off last night," said Tony Fietzer, Green Bay streets superintendent.
Fietzer says slush and snow ultimately provide better traction than ice.
"There is a lot of time and effort that goes into planning it, whether it's the right decision all the time. We do take the best interests of the community in play, and that's what we did last night," said Fietzer.
Other area communities, like Howard and Allouez, made the decision to clear all area roads Monday morning after the freezing drizzle stopped.
Speaking to an Allouez employee, he mentioned this was partially because the village has less road surface to cover than Green Bay does.
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