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City sanding slippery roads

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By: Cole Miller

There's no doubt the drive through the neighborhood may be a little rough. Until we see warmer weather, the city says there's only so much they can do. 
Slippery side streets. They're all over town.

"Well, they're pretty treacherous," Virginia Smith said.

"The street, as you can see, is a sheet of ice. It's ridiculous," Claire Green said.

The City of Lincoln is hearing about it. Roger Tiedeman with Public Works says Mother Nature didn't make their job easy.
"The initial rain-snow-sleet that we got turned into ice," Tiedeman said. "Add that to the snow on top and the vehicles driving over it, compacting it even more, now it's all ice."

Tiedeman put more than a dozen sanders out on the street Wednesday, hoping to make things easier on drivers. Some people wish the city could've acted quicker. 

"Getting on it right away, I think could have helped if they plowed the day after, it wouldn't have gotten this bad," Green said.
So, the big question is, how do we get rid of all this ice? Tiedeman says salt would help but could cause more problems.

"I couldn't put enough salt on it to affect it and chances are, if I did, it would just melt and refreeze with the low temperatures," Tiedeman said.

As for Smith and her two poodles, they'll just take it easy, even though it's a bit of an inconvenience.
"They could do better, but I'm not going to complain!" Smith said.
We could see a little bit of snow in the next couple of days, that probably won't make things any better, but Tiedeman says his crews will be ready for whatever happens.

To report problem areas, you can call Public Works at (402)-441-7644.

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